Flexible Cystoscopy (Male)

This page will provide you with information about a flexible cystoscopy. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.

What is Flexible Cystoscopy?

During a flexible cystoscopy, checks will be run to see if there are any issues in the bladder. A cystoscope, or flexible telescope, is used to carry this out. You may be recommended a cystoscopy if you have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Irritable bladder (sudden and uncontrollable need to urinate)
  • Blood in urine
  • Repeated infections

Are there alternatives, and what are they?

A rigid cystoscopy enables the surgeon to treat a certain problem. This form of cystoscopy involves either a general or spinal anaesthetic. A scan might provide some information about the problem and its cause.

What happens during the procedure?

The cystoscope gets passed into the urethra (see figure 1). In order to aid diagnosis, a fluid will also pass through the cystoscope, and into the bladder. Here the doctor uses the cystoscope to search for problems in the lining of the bladder. If a problem such as a stone or a small growth is found, it could possibly be removed through the cystoscope. The procedure should only last about five minutes.

Possible complications

  1. Further infection
  2. Narrowing of the urethra



Cystoscope in the urethra
Figure 1 – Cross-section of the male pelvis region showing a flexible cystoscopy
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How long does it take to recover?

It is likely that you can return home on the same day, after the procedure, once you have passed urine. Unless told otherwise, you will be able to go back to work the day afterwards. Exercising regularly is a good way to improve long-term health and recover quickly from the procedure, check this with your consultant. If anything has been discovered during the cystoscopy, your healthcare team will discuss it with you, as well as discussing if you require a follow-up, or any further treatment.


A cystoscopy is usually an effective safe method of investigating any problems in your bladder.

References: EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this page is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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