Cystoscopy is not done with sedation. Cystoscopy is done in the urologist's office where a very small camera is inserted into the bladder so that the doctor can see inside. For some patients, more so with males, this can be uncomfortable.
IF something is seen that "shouldn't be there" a TURB is scheduled (transurethral resection of the bladder.) This is done under a light general anesthetic because the urologist is going to cut out as much of the tumor as he can as well as take sample of other areas of the bladder lining, These are sent to the pathologist for analysis. After the TURB the urologist may have a pretty good idea of what is going on, but ONLY AFTER THE REPORT COMES BACK FROM THE PATHOLOGIST IS IT POSSIBLE FOR AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS TO BE MADE. This may take up to a week.
Since the TURB is done under sedation, you will not feel any pain. I woke up, went home and took a nap, and resumed all normal activity. Very occasionally, in complicated cases, a patient may stay overnight or go home with a catheter, but this is not usual.
You will be fine
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
I ate anything with the caveat of avoiding really spicy foods for a few days just in case. Always drink plenty of water and walking is always good when you feel up to it. For most the TURB is a non event.
DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.