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At Mater Health Services we understand that being in hospital can be a very stressful experience. This booklet aims to alleviate some of your concerns in keeping with our Mission to offer compassionate, quality care that promotes dignity while responding to patients’ needs. It explains briefly the events that may occur during your visit and the things to expect when you are discharged from the hospital.

It is, however, only a guideline as each person may require differing treatments.

If you have any questions about your treatment please ask your doctor or nurse.

Our pastoral care team offers a caring support network to all patients. The dedicated members of this team will visit you during your stay and are available at your request to discuss any anxieties or problems that you may have.

What is a cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the interior lining of the bladder and the urethra with the use of a thin flexible tube with a camera attached.

Why is a cystoscopy performed?

handsThe procedure is carried out in order to obtain a diagnosis for patients with symptoms such as recurrent infection, pain, bleeding, difficult or frequent urination. Cystoscopy is a procedure using an endoscopic instrument to visualise the lower urinary tract, which includes the bladder and the urethra (tube draining the urine to the outside).

Cystoscopy is usually carried out as a day procedure. Admission to hospital overnight is not normally required, but may be necessary if further procedures are needed. The need for admission will be discussed with you after your procedure has been completed. This is necessary in less than one in 500 patients.

Prior to your procedure

  • Please confirm your booking five days prior to your procedure. Phone: 07 3163 8183 (Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4 pm)
  • Discuss with your doctor medications you will need to stop prior to your procedure (e.g. Aspirin, iron, diabetic medications, anti-inflammatory medications).It is important that you mention all medications you take in case special precautions are required.
  • Discuss with your doctor if you are or might be pregnant.

What preparation is required?

Be prepared to provide a fresh urine sample on the day of your procedure, after you are admitted. Your urine is tested for any infection. If you have an infection your procedure may be deferred.

On the day of procedure please bring your

  • Medicare Card
  • completed registration form.

Please do not bring any valuables or wear any jewellery when you come to hospital.

On arrival to Mater Hospital Brisbane please report to the admissions desk on Level 5, Day Procedure Unit.

It is important to inform your nurse if you have any heart conditions or have had a recent urinary tract infection.

What to expect during your cystoscopy

A local anaesthetic lubricant is given to help make the test as comfortable as possible. The admitting nurse will carefully explain to you the procedure and answer any of your queries.

After your procedure

You may need to urinate frequently, with some burning during and after urination for a day or two. Drink lots of fluids to help minimise the burning and to prevent a urinary tract infection.

It is not usual for your doctor to visit and discuss things with you after your procedure because you will still feel drowsy. Your results will be discussed with you at your follow-up appointment.

An appointment will be made prior to discharge and you will be given both a written and verbal explanation of possible complications by the nursing staff.

It is recommended that you increase your fluid intake for 24 hours unless you are told not to.


Please contact either your General Practitioner (GP), the Mater Hospital Brisbane Emergency Department on telephone 07 3163 8111 or the Urology Nurse on telephone 07 3163 8111 (pager 0727), IMMEDIATELY if you experience any of the following after your procedure:

  1. Your urine remains red or you see blood clots after you have urinated several times.
  2. You are unable to pass urine eight hours after the procedure.
  3. You develop a fever, chill, or severe pain in your flank or abdomen after the procedure. These may be signs of kidney infection.
  4. You develop signs of a urinary tract infection. These signs include:
    • pain or burning upon urination
    • an urge to urinate frequently, but usually passing only small quantities of urine
    • dribbling (inability to control urine release)
    • urine that is reddish or pinkish, foul-smelling, or cloudy
    • pain or a feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen.

For your information

It is important to note that your arrival time is NOT your procedure time. Your arrival time allows time for admission and appropriate preparation prior to your procedure. Once admitted, your nurse can give you an approximate time of your procedure. Please also be aware that there can be waiting times due to emergencies and unforeseen delays. You will be in the unit approximately three to four hours.


Mater Hospital Brisbane
Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane Q 4101
Telephone: 07 3163 8111


Staff at Mater Hospital Brisbane, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, Q 4101

© 2010 Mater Misericordiae Ltd. ACN 096 708 922.

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-420014
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 11/8/2015
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