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How long is the cystoscopy/hydrodistention

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  • How long is the cystoscopy/hydrodistention

    I have to be there two hours early but am wondering how long will procedure take and how long is recovery before you get to go home so I can tell my ride? I'm getting so nervous because so many have had various recoveries. What if I'm making the wrong decision by having it done? I just can't stand the sensitivity. I hear so many great things about the med that is prescribed to help with IC but some have to wait a year and does ins cover it?

  • #2
    Hi there :-)

    If I were you, I would do the hydro. I am having my third one in two weeks... and I am looking forward to the relief I will feel at least three weeks later... bring that on.

    You arrive two hours early so that you can fill out paper work and get prepped for surgery.

    The procedure takes anywhere from 15minutes - to 45 minutes... from the time you fall asleep and wake up in the recovery room. You will be in the recovery room anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half depending on your pain. They will want your pain to be under control before you leave.

    Once your pain is under control they will get you to pee... and yes, this will probably be painful - however, will relieve the pressure if they have kept the water in you (which they do for me which really helps.) They could drain you out after but that's not a good thing - I don;t think. Maybe other people could speak more into that. Then you are on your way home... tell the person to pick you up in about four hours.

    Hope this is helpful.


    Current Meds:
    1 Elmiron 100mg 3x a day
    1 Cimetidine 300mg 2x a day
    4 Gabapentin 300mg 3x a day (3600mg)
    1 - 2 Atarax 25mg at bedtime
    1 baclofen 10mg 3x a day as needed
    200mg of Pyridium 3x a day (usually do in cycles - on for a week or two as needed) - I am very careful about this.
    2 belladonna and opium suppositories as needed for pain daily.
    Bladder instillations (Lidocaine, Heparin, & Sodium Bicarbonate)

    I have tried but failed -
    lidocaine instillations, heparin instillations, oxybutynin by mouth also called ditropan, tylenol 3s with coedine, cyclobenzaphrine, Ativan, vesicare, Oxytrol patches worked for 3 to 4 years and then failed, I tried Uracyst and had some success but my urologist felt that it was not successful so we moved on to trying something else. .


    • #3
      The HYDROS help me. Wizbe is correct about the timing. My only problem was that I can not go on a bedpan. Not if I got a million dollars. It took a lot of pleading to get the nurse to allow me to get to the bathroom. Once there, no problem. She was kind and walked me to the door dragging the IV with me. Wishing the best for you. Hugs, Ziggy