Specialist expertise: Men's Health, Urology, BPH Treatment and Surgery, Prostate Cancer Diagnostics, Penoscrotal Surgery and Robotic Kidney Surgery.
Flexible cystoscopy is a procedure which is routinely performed under local anaesthetic. It involves inserting a fibero-optic scope to the bladder via the urethra. Flexible cystoscopy is a very commonly performed urological procedure and typically is performed in a clinic or office setting.
The device used is usually cleaned, decontaminated and checked for leak or contamination prior to use. However, more commonly now disposal devices are being used to reduce the risk of cross contamination or the need for decontamination facilities on site.
Although flexible cystoscopy is mainly a diagnostic procedure, mainly other procedures now are undertaken using this technique. Bladder biopsies, laser ablation of small bladder tumours, ureteric stent removal and injection of botox to bladder are common procedures that are now largely performed in the outpatient clinic setting using flexible cystoscopy.
Other detection enhancing modalities are used in conjugation to flexible cystoscopy such as blue light or narrow band imaging to detect cases of bladder cancer