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120 Trinity Place
Athens, GA 30607

Phone: (706) 543-2718
Fax: (706) 353-3709

120 Trinity Place
Athens, Georgia 30607

(706) 543-2718


Cystoscopy is a procedure performed with local anesthesia, using a small telescope to look inside the urethra and bladder to help diagnose problems with the urinary tract.


CT scans provide more detail than plain X-rays and have largely replaced them for the imaging of certain structures. Indications may include:

  • Hematuria
  • Bladder outlet obstruction
  • Removal of ureteral stent
  • Recurrent infection
  • Screening for bladder tumors
  • Incontinence


The patient lies on an exam table on his or her back, and the opening of the urethra is cleaned and local anesthetic given. A cystoscope is then placed into the urethra and bladder, allowing the doctor to examine the inner lining of the urethra and the bladder. Depending on the reason for the procedure, a small sample of tissue may be obtained, measurements taken, or ureteral stent removed.

Side Effects

Most patients will experience some slight burning with urination or pass a small amount of blood for the first 24 hours after the procedure. If the burning persists longer than this, bleeding becomes heavy, or a patient experiences passage of clots, fever over 101°, or is unable to urinate, he or she should contact us.