The type of anaesthetic used will affect how long it takes to recover from a cystoscopy.
It's normal to experience some side effects for a few days afterwards.
If you have a Local anaesthetic , you'll be able to go home shortly after the cystoscopy.
It usually takes a few hours to recover from the effects of an epidural or general anaesthetic , soyou'll need to arrange for someone to takeyou home. You should rest for 24 hours and avoid driving, operating complex or heavy machinery, and drinking alcohol for 48 hours.
Most people experience a burning pain when passing urine for the first few days after a cystoscopy. This is normal and it should stop within a few days.
Having blood in your urine or bleeding from your urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)is also common in the first few days after a cystoscopy, particularly when a biopsy is also carried out. Drinking plenty of water can ease bothof these symptoms.
You should only be concerned if:
Contact the hospital staff if you notice or experience any of the above. Before being discharged, you'll be given a contact telephone numberfor this purpose.
Find out what a cystoscopy is, what it's used for, whether it's painful and if there are any risks involved.
A cystoscopy can be used to investigate problems with your bladder or urinary system, or it may be used as part of a medical procedure.
Read about the cystoscopy procedure and what happens before, during and afterwards.
The type of anaesthetic used will affect how long it takes to recover from a cystoscopy. It's normal to experience some side effects for a few days afterwards.
A cystoscopy is usually a safe procedure and serious complications are rare. Occasionally, there may be problems passing urine or an infection may develop.