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Cystoscopy fact sheet


A cystoscopy involves inserting a small instrument into the urethra. The operation is used to view the anatomy of the bladder and urethra and enables minor procedures to be performed such as the removal of ureteric stents and lesion biopsies.

How long will it take?

Your child will be admitted to hospital for one day and the operation will take 45 minutes to one hour to complete.

This involves the anaesthetic, operation and time spent waking up in the recovery room.

What happens after the operation?

Your child’s doctor will speak with you after the operation and let you know how everything went. This is your opportunity to ask questions.

Nursing staff will let you know when your child is able to go home. Usually this will be within two hours after the operation.

Care at home

Your child may experience mild discomfort when passing urine. This will get better with time and through drinking plenty of fluids.

There may also be a small amount of blood in your child’s urine for the first 24 to 48 hours. This is normal.

Your child may go back to doing normal activities 24 hours after the operation.

Pain relief

After surgery it is important to provide regular pain relief to your child at home to ensure they are comfortable during their recovery. Medications such as paracetamol should be sufficient to relieve your child’s discomfort. These medications are available over the counter at pharmacies.

Your anaesthesist, surgeon, pharmacist and/or nursing staff will discuss the suitability of these medications for your child before you go home.

Do NOT give aspirin to your child.

Will there be scar?

There will be no scar or stitches as the skin will not be broken.

When can my child eat and drink again?

When your child wakes up, they may like some clear fluids (water, cordial, etc.). If no nausea or vomiting occurs then introduce foods slowly. The next day they can return to their normal diet. Babies may have clear fluids to start with then breast milk or formula as usual.

If your child experiences nausea or vomiting when home – stop food and fluids for one hour then give them sips of clear fluid, dry toast or a biscuit.

Contact the hospital if your child shows any of the following symptoms:

  • excessive bleeding
  • high temperature (above 37.5°C)
  • excessive pain not relieved by medication
  • inability to pass urine
  • vomiting (more than three to four times).

Follow-up visits

Public patients

You will receive an appointment for an Outpatient’s Clinic before you go home. Please contact the hospital if you have any concerns before your appointment.

Private patients

You will receive follow-up details from your doctor.

Contact us

Surgical Day Unit
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Level 4C, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries)

In an emergency, always call 000.

If it’s not an emergency but you have any concerns, contact 13 Health (13 43 2584). Qualified staff will give you advice on who to talk to and how quickly you should do it. You can phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resource No: FS224. Developed by Surgical Day Unit. Updated: February 2017. All information contained in this sheet has been supplied by qualified professionals as a guideline for care only. Seek medical advice, as appropriate, for concerns regarding your child’s health.