How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To prepare for your cystoscopy exam, your health care team may ask that you:

  • Take antibiotics if prescribed by your doctor. In select cases, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics before and after your cystoscopy. Examples of people who may need to take antibiotics include those who have an active urinary tract infection and those whose bodies have difficulty fighting infections.
  • Wait to empty your bladder. In certain situations, your doctor may order a urine test before your cystoscopy. Wait to empty your bladder until you get to your appointment in case you need to give a urine sample.

Prepare for sedation or anesthesia
If you'll receive an intravenous (IV) sedative or general anesthetic during your cystoscopy, plan ahead for your recovery. To prepare, you can:

  • Find a ride home. You'll be asked not to drive yourself home, so arrange a ride.
  • Clear your schedule for the day. Plan to take it easy after your procedure. Avoid being active for the rest of the day. You may need to take the day off work. Though you may feel fine, your judgment and reflexes may be slowed.
  • Ask someone to stay nearby. Have a friend or relative stay with you or check on you throughout the day.
Oct. 09, 2012