Patient Comments: Cystoscopy and Ureteroscopy - Experience


What was your experience during your cystoscopy or ureteroscopy? Did you experience discomfort? Please explain. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Scott, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 27

I had no problem cystoscopy. I was terribly anxious the evening before. The morning of procedure, I was just resigned to get it over with. The procedure itself was quick and a little bit uncomfortable but no real pain. Easier than I thought!

Comment from: JOE, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 21

I was in a very small room with two females; a doctor and a medical assistant. They told me to drop my pants and lay back on the table. Then, while completely exposed, they did the cystoscopy. It was painful, but not unbearable. Afterwards, I had a few days of burning while I urinated. I had a UroLift one month later. This was done in an operation room with six females and me. Naked as a jay bird, until draped. Afterwards, terrible pain upon urinating for about five days. My BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) was cured. Now I urinate like I was 20 years younger.

Comment from: Karina2018, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

Cystoscopy is a very intrusive procedure. I urinated first in a toilet alone, which was okay. Then, positioned with legs opened, the assistant slid a metal pin inside the urethra, which was like a pinching inside with a burning sensation. Then, another one was inserted in my rectum, which wasn’t as bad. Then when the doctor came to check with the camera, she moved the pins and that hurt me so much that I had to bite myself in order to complete the test. Now urinating is as painful every time I urinate.

Comment from: Kerrbear15, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I am a 26 year old female: I was not able to complete the first cystoscopy because I was “too jumpy” and in pain so the urologist told me to reschedule and take Valium to calm me down for the second attempt. When I went back I took 2 mg of Valium and she put the numbing gel in the urethra to let it get numb. I read multiple places that the insertion of the camera is uncomfortable but for me my experience was horrible. I was in so much pain and was the most uncomfortable procedure I have gotten. Very painful.

Comment from: Sarah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

This is my recent experience with ureteroscopy. I found out I had stones in both kidneys 6 months ago and after a follow up appointment with my specialist we decided on surgery. They had grown 3 mm in 6 months. I had eight 5 to 7 mm stones in my right kidney and about 5 in my left measuring up to 6 mm. I was petrified of the surgery after reading comments online. And after having the surgery done only two days ago would like to share my opinion and experience. I was at hospital at 6:45 am, in the surgery room at 8:30 am and awake at 10:30 am. I had stents put in both kidneys and will have them for 7 days. I woke up from surgery in no pain and was told I had only taken two Panadol. I had never had general anesthesia before and was so scared about that too but realize now that it is nothing to worry about. I had the surgery Monday morning and it is now Wednesday night. I had slight cramping, slight. Barely warranted any painkillers. I took two every 4 hours for one day and have not taken any since. I had blood in my urine quite bad for the first day. I had no clots, no burning whatsoever. I had absolutely no pain from urination. My urine is almost clear now and I have no cramping at all. The aftermath of this surgery is nothing on passing a stone. I have no need for pain killers and barely any blood in my urine. I would suggest having this surgery done by a specialist. Always keep in mind, people are quick to talk about a bad experience. No one remembers to post a positive experience. Please don't believe everything you read from online.

Comment from: Danny Boy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I was terrified, and unable to find out what it was like as a younger man (27 year old) getting this procedure done. Well, I finally had my flexible cystoscopy done yesterday. I certainly wouldn't say it was painless but it was certainly not unmanageable. It is very uncomfortable, very weird feeling having the tube in. I had some sharp moments of pain, including when the gel was first shot in. But I realized that most of the pain was really psychological, and that I had worked myself so much about the procedure. Looking at the screen helped (for some odd reason). The doctor couldn't go all the way to my bladder as he discovered a stricture. I didn't notice that he had pulled out the device. All in all, quick experience, mostly psychological and definitely something you can get through. An Ativan or Valium may help you relax.

Comment from: smog, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I had cystoscopy yesterday at the urologist’s office. I had been urinating blood on and off. I also had sonogram of my kidneys. I have a gigantic cyst in my kidney and an acute bladder infection. I was not given any direction before the office procedure, and no pain medications were given. I saw my bladder walls on a monitor in the office, reddish irritated walls. I am still experiencing burning 24 hours later. Advil is all I am taking and soft seating as my bottom is sensitive. No baths, swimming, tub soaking, sex or anything down there for 2 to 3 weeks!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I had cystoscopy and ureteroscopy to remove a 4 mm stone from the distal end of my ureter above the bladder. I also had a stent placement. After the procedure, I urinated bloody urine (the color of Kool-Aid) for 3 days and was readmitted to the hospital in severe pain that very little in the way of opiates could touch. Once the stent was removed, I still had significant but gradually decreasing bladder pain for a week. I promise that, next time I feel the pain of a kidney stone, I will lie on my floor and drink water and cry for as many days as it takes the stone to pass rather than submit to another procedure like this.


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Comment from: wawona, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

Despite being rather apprehensive about the cystoscopy procedure; it was relatively painless and easy to handle. The preparatory work before the procedure went quickly and I was able to see the inside of my bladder on a monitor. Luckily the results of the test were negative for any bleeding and hence a relief.

Comment from: Stoned, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

I had an enormous (7 cm plus) stone removed from my ureter 24 hours ago through ureteroscopy. It still hurts badly in the same place when I urinate. I was in severe pain when admitted to the emergency room, unbearable pain, so I hope my pain eases soon. I have a stent inserted as well.

Comment from: Bassman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I had a kidney stone removed via ureteroscopy. The procedure itself wasn't really that bad. The only thing I'm having trouble with is burning while urinating. I have a stent in as well, and when I try to urinate, it feels as if I have the kidney stone back.

Comment from: Yowzaa, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

Run for the woods folks! I had a cystoscopy to remove a bladder stone. I wish he left it in my bladder after the trauma to my penis I experienced. Not a mild burning, it is a major burning like I was peeing hot lava.