Urethroscopy: What is it?

An endoscopic procedure is performed to examine the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body).

It is used to diagnose and treat conditions like urinary tract infections, urethral strictures, prostate enlargement, and bladder stones.

How to Prepare for a Urethroscopy?

  • Discuss your medical history, about any medications or, any allergies you have with your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor any questions you may have about the procedure.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding fasting and other preparations for the procedure.
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
  • Take any medications prescribed by your doctor.

What to Expect During a Urethroscopy?

  • During a urethroscopy, a thin, flexible tube (Urethroscope) is inserted into the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) to check for abnormalities.
  • The doctor may use a lubricant or anesthetic spray to make the procedure more comfortable. In some cases, a local anesthetic is injected into the area to reduce discomfort.
  • You can usually go home shortly after the procedure.

What to Expect After a Urethroscopy?

After the procedure, you may experience:

• Mild soreness, burning, or difficulty in urinating for a few days

• Blood in the urine

• Bruising or swelling around the urethra

• Development of a stricture (narrowing) of the urethra

• Difficulty in passing urine

Drink plenty of fluids after the procedure to help flush out the bladder and reduce any discomfort.

The patient may be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent infection.

You may also be instructed to avoid certain activities that may irritate the urethra, such as sexual intercourse, for some time.

Myth and Fact on Urethroscopy

Myth: Urethroscopy is a risky procedure.

Fact: Urethroscopy is a safe procedure and carries minimal risk. The procedure is usually done under sedation or local anesthesia, and the patient is monitored for any adverse reactions or complications.

What are the Benefits of Urethroscopy?

Urethroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.

It is a safe and effective way to examine the inside of the urethra without having to perform a major surgery.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Better visualization of the urinary tract
  • Improved accuracy in diagnosis
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Fewer complications
  • More cost-effective than other treatments

Urethroscopy can also be used to remove foreign bodies, treat strictures, and perform biopsies.