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Cystoscopy Postoperative Instructions

After anesthesia

Do not drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours after anesthesia.

Do not consume alcohol, tranquilizers, sleeping medication, or any non-prescribed medication for 24 hours after anesthesia or if taking a pain medication.

Do not make important decisions or sign any important papers in the next 24 hours after anesthesia.


After anesthesia, begin with clear liquids. Avoid any heavy meals on the day of the procedure. Depending on how you feel the following day, you may resume the diet you normally follow.

Be sure to drink plenty of water. If the urine is dark, or has blood, drink more fluids.

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit to avoid constipation. Anesthesia can promote constipation. Constipation can make urinary symptoms worse

Urinary symptoms

You may notice the need to urinate more frequently. You may also notice a sense of urgency, which is the feeling that you have to get there right away. There may be some pain or burning with urination. It is possible that you may see some blood with urination. It may take several days for these symptoms to resolve.


You may resume your normal activity.


You may shower or bathe as you normally do.


You may resume the normal home medications unless instructed otherwise after surgery.

You do not need any specific medications unless you have been given a prescription by your doctor.

You may take over-the-counter, acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed for pain. You may take over the counter stool softeners (Colace, MiraLAX, Metamucil, Senna-Gen), as needed for constipation.

Postoperative appointment

Patients typically have a postoperative appointment two weeks after surgery to review the results and discuss treatment options. Call the office for an appointment if you do not already have one.

Call the office or come to the emergency room for

  • Temperature over 101°F
  • Inability to urinate
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Pain not relieved with pain medication
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