What happens after the cystoscopy procedure?

Typically, a cystoscopy is done in the urologist’s office and afterwards most patients go home the same day as the procedure. Sometimes after a cystoscopy procedure, the patient may:

  • Feel a burning or soreness around the urethra.
  • Feel slight burning while urinating.
  • Notice small flecks of blood in the urine.
  • Feel mild discomfort in the bladder area or kidney area when urinating.
  • Need to urinate frequently or urgently.

These problems should not last more than a day after the procedure. If pain persists, bloody urine lasts longer than 48 hours, or the patient develops a fever, the patient should call the doctor.

Occasionally, the patient may have an increase in urinary frequency for the first 24 hours after the procedure. There may be also a change in the color of the urine (it may be darker, or look pink or red due to mild bleeding). This is common, especially if a biopsy was taken.

After the procedure, the urologist may recommend that the patient:

  • Drink 16 ounces of water each hour for 2 hours after the procedure.
  • Take a warm bath to help ease the burning feeling.
  • Place a warm, damp washcloth over the urethral opening to relieve discomfort.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medicine.

If necessary, the urologist may prescribe an antibiotic to take for a couple of days after the procedure to prevent an infection. If you have severe pain, chills, or fever (these could be signs of an infection), it is important to call the urologist’s office and explain the symptoms.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/05/2017.


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