August 11, 2012 11:38 AM Subscribe
Cystoscopy questions - likelihood of procedure on first visit, pain etc.
posted by robintw to health & fitness (3 answers total)
I've got an appointment with a Consultant Urologist on Tuesday, having been referred by my GP due to the sensation of a bit of a 'blockage' when urinating, some pain at times, terminal dribbling and needing to urinate frequently.
When I received the confirmation letter from the clinic they said that they like to do all investigations that they might need while you're there for your first appointment, to save you having to arrange appoints to come back and see them later etc. Apparently I see the consultant first and then may have various investigations performed
My question is: are they likely to do a cystoscopy during this first appointment? Looking at information on the internet suggests that they may do urine flow tests and radiography etc, and I don't mind about those (no pain!) - but I'm really rather concerned about a cystoscopy.
Again, from reading online, it seems that rigid cystoscopies require general anesthesia (for men at least - and I'm male) so I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be having one of those in my first appointment, but my GP said it was likely to be a flexible cystoscopy - which it seems can be done with a local numbing gel.
Has anyone had one of these done with no prior notice - in an appointment like this, for example? And if anyone has had one done - was it painful? I can imagine them covering my penis in numbing gel, but given that it's going down the middle of the penis that bit won't be numbed! I mean, can you feel it moving down the penis? I guess the bit I'm most worried about is the insertion at the end - my glans is incredibly sensitive and I can imagine that would hurt a lot.
Any views or past experiences would be most welcome