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Cystoscopy

A cystoscopy is a medical procedure used to examine the inside of the bladder using an instrument called a cystoscope.

A cystoscope is a thin, fibre optic flexible tube that has a light and a camera at one end. It's inserted into the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) and moved up into the bladder.

The camera relays images to a screen, where they can be seen by the urologist (specialist in treating bladder conditions). You will be able to go home on the same day.

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  • Warts
    Warts are small lumps that often develop on the skin of the hands and feet. ​ They vary in appearance and may develop singly or in clusters. Some are more likely to affect particular areas of the body. For example, verrucas are warts that usually develop on the soles of the feet. They are non-cancerous, but can resemble certain cancers. ​ Most people will have warts at some point in their life. They tend to affect children and teenagers more than adults. ​ At LivingCare we can offer a Cryotherapy service for warts and verrucas. This involves liquid nitrogen being applied to your wart for a few seconds to freeze and destroy the affected skin cells. After treatment, a sore blister will form, followed by a scab, which will fall off 7-10 days later. ​ A session of cryotherapy usually takes 5-15 minutes and can be painful. Large warts usually need to be frozen a few times before they clear up. You will probably need to wait a few weeks between each treatment.
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Your 

appointment at

LivingCare

You should have a bath or shower before you come to the clinic. 

You should not empty your bladder prior to your appointment as you will be asked to provide a urine sample before the test to check for any sign of infection.

On admission you will be greeted by a nurse who will check your details, ask you some brief questions about your medical history and record your blood pressure and pulse.

The doctor performing the procedure will then talk you through the test and you can ask any questions that you may have. You will then be required to sign a consent form.

The test usually takes about five minutes, but please allow one hour for your visit. The procedure is not usually painful although there may be some discomfort. A local anaesthetic gel is applied directly to the urethra and the cystoscopy is then carefully advanced up the urethra into the bladder. When the test is complete, the cytoscope is removed smoothly and easily. You will probably feel the need to pass urine afterwards as the bladder has been filled during the test.

You will be taken to the recovery area and asked to provide another sample of urine. You will then be offered a drink of water, and after a short rest you will be given discharge information and you can ask any more questions you may have before being allowed to go home.

  • We are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the independent regulator of health and social care in England. 

  • Free, on-site parking 

  • Clean, modern facilities with the latest technology

  • Easy access of the M62 and M1

  • You will only ever be seen for scans, tests and follow up appointments at the same site, unless you specify otherwise

  • All our treatments will not require an overnight stay. You will always recover from the comfort of your own home.

  • Your waiting time is much shorter than a regular hospital or NHS practice.

  • You will only ever be seen by a local consultant who is an expert in their field and also works within Leeds and Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals. 

  • Your aftercare will not stop when you leave our clinic. We're here to help every step of the way.

Why

Choose

LivingCare?

LivingCare have provided high quality, safe, consultant-led care to thousands of patients and has an excellent local and national reputation. We are recognised by all medical insurers and also welcome non insured patients who wish to self pay for their treatment. LivingCare have also been working with the NHS to provide care for patients since 2002. 

How can I be seen at

LivingCare for an NHS

treatment?

At LivingCare we provide the following services for all NHS patients:

  • Gastroenterology

  • Gastroscopy

  • Sigmoidoscopy

  • Dermatology

  • Minor Surgery

  • Ear, Nose, Throat

  • Ophthalmology

  • Urology

  • Cystoscopy

  • Vasectomy

  • Ultrasound

To be seen through the NHS for any of the above services, we just require a referral from your GP. Alternatively, if you would prefer to be seen privately, please visit our private healthcare page here

Your Cystoscopy appointment can be at any of the following sites:

Thorpe Park Clinic (Colton)

Robin Lane Medical Centre (Pudsey)

If you have already received an appointment from us and you wish to change

to a different site, you will need to call us on 0113 249 4655 to rearrange this. 

A new letter will be sent to you with appropriate directions and appointment 

information.

Where can I

be seen for my

Cystoscopy

appointment?

Contact us today. We'll be in touch within 24 hours.

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