What's a Cystoscopy?

May 4, 2017cystoscopy1

Got blood in your urine? Pain when you pee? These symptoms and others such as repeated urinary infections or problems passing urine may be reason for your doctor to refer you to a urologist and for a subsequent cystoscopy.

Roughly 11,000 Calgarians per year will undergo a cystoscopy. Broken down, the word “cystoscopy” means bladder (cysto) examination (scopy). In practice, a cystoscopy is a procedure where a urologist looks into the bladder and urethra with a small telescope to diagnose urological conditions or to treat scar tissue in the urethra, bladder tumours, inflammation, or enlarged prostate. A typical cystoscopy procedure takes only one minute to complete.

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Take our Healthy Kidneys Quiz

March is National Kidney Month. Take our quiz to learn more about keeping your kidneys healthy.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions about Erectile Dysfunction

Approximately 50% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED). Erectile dysfunction, also called impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. Here are some of the commonly asked questions our urologists hear from patients.

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BOTOX for Overactive Bladder

You’ve probably heard of BOTOX® for removing wrinkles, but did you know that BOTOX® can be an effective treatment for bladder problems?

Until recently, patients with symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, frequent urination and nighttime urination, were treated with a combination of behavioral coaching and medication. If these treatments didn’t work sufficiently, the patient would be referred for surgery.

A newer, less-invasive solution is now available: BOTOX® injections.

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