Home Care after Cystoscopy with Hydrodistention/Clorpactin Instillation
During this exam, you will be under anesthesia. A scope with a light cord is used to look at the urine channel and the bladder. The bladder is gently filled to capacity. It is left distended for 3 -10 minutes to interfere with the pain signals sent by nerves in the bladder. This allows your doctor to clearly see the wall of your bladder. Your doctor may instill a medicine (lidocaine) to numb the urethra. A belladonna and opium rectal suppository may also be inserted at the end of the exam for more pain relief.
After the Exam
- For the first 1-2 days after your exam, you may have pain. Some people may have pain for up to 3 weeks. We will give you pain pills to take. You may also have medicine to help relax your bladder. This medicine may be in the form of a pill or suppository.
- You may have blood in your urine. This should stop in 2-3 days. It is common for you to feel burning when you pass urine for 1-2 days.
- You may eat regular food as you feel able.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid each day to prevent dehydration.
- Do not drink alcohol within 24 hours of your exam or while taking pain pills.
- Walking is okay.
- Talk with your doctor about going back to work.
- Do not drive for 24 hours after your exam.
- Do not drive while taking pain pills.
Your first follow-up visit will be 2 - 4 weeks after your exam.
When to Call the Doctor
- Problems passing urine
- Red or bloody urine for more than 3 days after your exam
- Large blood clots in your urine
- Temperature by mouth is over 101° F
- Low back or hip pain that is new
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
Urology Clinic: (608) 263-4757
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Give your name, area code and phone number. The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942
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Last Updated: 03/22/2011
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