Cystoscopy Cysto (1056)

Key points below

What is a cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy (cysto) is done so the doctor can see inside your child’s bladder.

How is it done? 

Your child will be given a medicine (anesthesia) to help them sleep.  A tube with a camera at the end will be put in your child’s urinary (pee) opening.  It will go into the bladder. Fluid will go through the tube into the bladder.  The tube will be moved around in the bladder. This lets the doctor look at the bladder wall and the openings into it. 

What do I need to know before the cysto?

A nurse will call you 1-2 days before your child comes to the hospital or surgery center. It is important that you follow the instructions you get from the nurse. Your child’s stomach needs to be empty. The nurse will tell you when your child should stop eating and drinking before the surgery. If your child eats or drinks after the time you are given, the cysto may be cancelled for the safety of your child.

The doctor may want to collect a urine sample several days before the cysto to check for infection. We will arrange this if needed. 

How long will it take?

The procedure takes about 30 minutes.  Your child will then go to Day Surgery for about 1 to 2 hours to recover.  Your child can then go home.

When can I get the results?

The results of the cystoscopy may be ready right after the test, but could take up to 24 hours.  Your child’s doctor will discuss the results with you.

Follow-up care

After this test, your child may feel some stinging when they go to the bathroom.  It should go away in a few hours.  It may help to give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol™) or to have your child sit in a bathtub of warm water. It may also help to have your child drink extra fluids.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.