Cystoscopy-Things Men Need To Know
My Urologist told me all men will eventually have to have Cystoscopy. Cystoscopy is an outpatient minor surgery performed by your Urologist. You are given a strong sedative before the procedure. You are dressed in a robe with no other clothes. You sit on a funky looking operation chair. There are old medical tools lying on the counter. You wonder what in the world the Urologist has in store for you. The urologist comes into the room and tells you how you can watch the procedure on a television. Cystoscopy will freak most men out of their minds. The Urologist takes a Cystocope “A tubular instrument equipped with a light and used to examine the interior of the urinary bladder and ureter” (answers.com) and puts it through your penis and all the way to your bladder. Yes you are awake and you have the option to scream, hold your breath, or take it like a man and watch it on the television. I believed I did a combination of all three.
I had two kidney stone operations when I was thirty-two years old. They did emergency surgery because one kidney stone had totally blocked one of my kidneys. They did laser lithotripsy (laser surgery) to break up the kidney stones. Last year, I had trouble going to the bathroom and pain, so the urologist did a Cystoscopy. He had to check to see if there were any kidney stones in my bladder. Lucky for me, if there were, I passed them. Unlucky for me, I had to go through the process of Cystoscopy.
After the Cystoscopy procedure, a friend drives you home. The Urologist tells you there may be a little burning when you finally pee. It takes a couple of hours before you are actually able to pee. Finally, the moment came. I had to pee. I ran to the bathroom. I had no idea what I was in for. I went to the bathroom. The burning was incredible. It felt like everything in my body was coming through my penis when I peed. I believe all my hopes and dreams burned their way out of my system. I was afraid when I had to pee again. It was one of the most horrible moments of my life.
My Urologist told me every man will eventually have a Cystoscopy. This gives me hope that my fellow man will get to enjoy the moment I enjoyed at my Urologist’s office. You cannot laugh at me because it will happen to you. Most men at the Urologist’s office were much older than I am. This means that most men have this wonderful Cystoscopy procedure done to them when they are older. This gives men something to look forward to in the aging process.
Seriously, I learned something important from all the procedures I have had. Every man and woman needs to drink at least eight (8 oz.) glasses of water daily. Water cleans your system out. Water keeps you hydrated. Water helps your body work properly. Too much soda is not good for your body. Too much fat, processed food and junk foods are not good for your body.
A Cystoscopy is not a fun procedure. However, this is another thing men over forty can look forward to. Expect one in your fifties, sixties, or seventies. Growing old is not fun. Medical procedures are advanced and can save your life. However, they are not designed for fun. I give men over forty a piece of advice, learn to laugh at your body, or you will be spending the rest of your life crying as your body slowly falls apart. Remember, Cystoscopy is another procedure you can look forward to.