Cystoscopy in Tyler, TX
A cystoscopy is an endoscopic procedure used to examine the internal state of the urethra and lining of the bladder. This procedure is typically performed to investigate concerning symptoms of the urinary system that are unable to be diagnosed through more traditional imaging tests such as an X-ray.
The Purpose of a Cystoscopy
Dr. R. Clay Williams commonly perform cystoscopies in order to accurately diagnose a patient’s symptoms that are likely caused by a condition of the urethra or bladder, including:
- Urinary incontinence
- Bladder stones
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is also known as an enlarged prostate
- Tumors of the bladder
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Overactive bladder
- Inflammation of the bladder (cystitis)
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Bladder cancer
All of the conditions mentioned will become much more aggressive over time if left untreated, which will lead to worsening symptoms such as loss of control over the bladder, sepsis, or even death. To prevent such an extreme outcome, it is much better for the patient and their long-term health to diagnose the cause of their discomfort as soon as possible.
Meet Our Urologist
R. Clay Williams, D.O. is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and has been practicing urology in Tyler, TX since 2005. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Dr. Williams has performed safe and accurate cystoscopies to diagnose a number of different conditions. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a bladder or urethra condition in the Tyler area, then a cystoscopy from Dr. Williams may be able to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling (903) 262-3900 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We’re located just a short drive from Longview, Jacksonville, Mineola, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, and Kilgore.
What Happens During and After a Cystoscopy?
To begin this procedure, a small tube called a cystoscope is inserted into the patient’s urethra. Inside of this tube exists a camera that transmits images from inside the urethra and bladder to a monitor in front of Dr. Williams so that they can clearly see these internal organs.
This instant visual allows the physician a chance to assess the tissues of the urethra and bladder, and hopefully determine a direct source of their patient’s symptoms. Dr. Williams is also likely to fill the bladder with a sterile solution to improve their view and provide a more accurate diagnosis. Some patients already determined to have bladder stones may have them removed during a cystoscopy, or it is also possible for a tissue sample to be taken for further testing after the procedure is complete if your physician suspects that these tissues may be cancerous.
Patients may either be numbed or fully sedated during a cystoscopy. The procedure is known to be somewhat painful, as the placement of the cystoscope into the urethra can cause some discomfort. This generally results in a soreness that subsides gradually in the days following your cystoscopy. You may also notice a mild burning sensation when you urinate, though this is also a perfectly normal side effect of the procedure.
Rare, Yet Serious Signs of a Complication
As with any procedure, there are a small number of risks associated with a cystoscopy. If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms after your endoscopic assessment, please contact our office immediately for early intervention:
- You’re unable to urinate
- You have a fever of 101.4 F or higher
- You get the chills
- There are large amounts of blood or blood clots in your urine
- You experience pain in your chest
- You become nauseous
- While urinating you notice intense pain that lasts for more than two days
When Will My Cystoscopy Results Be Ready?
Depending on the particular patient and their physician, some individuals may be consulted about their cystoscopy results immediately after it is over. Others, especially those that have been under general anesthesia during their procedure, will be given their results later on. Dr. Williams may also need to wait until additional testing has been finished on any samples that may have been taken during your cystoscopy.
Schedule an Appointment in Tyler, TX
If you are seeking a safe and accurate cystoscopy in the Tyler, TX area, contact urologist R. Clay Williams, D.O. today at (903) 262-3900 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We are just a short drive from Longview, Jacksonville, Mineola, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, and Kilgore.