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What is Cystoscopy and Ureteroscopy?

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Patients who have urinary disorders such as incontinence, blood in the urine, frequent urination or painful urination, may have to be examined by a urologist. As an expert in urology, Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi is committed to finding the cause of the issue for Rancho Mirage patients, therefore, additional procedures are required on occasion.

Many times, he recommends that Inland Empire patients have either a ureteroscopy or a cystoscopy performed, depending on the symptoms that they are experiencing at the time.


During a ureteroscopy, the doctor will use a ureteroscope in order to examine the inside of the patient’s urinary tract. This instrument is long and extremely thin, which allows the doctor to get a better view of the inner workings of the bladder and urinary tract.

The ureteroscope allows the doctor to get a glimpse of the ureters, and ultimately determine if there is a stone in that part of the urinary tract. If there is a stone present in the ureters, a small basket on the end of the ureteroscope can be used in order to remove it quickly and easily.


When a patient is currently having urinary problems, the doctor needs to examine the patient further in order to provide an accurate diagnosis, a cystoscopy is often performed. This procedure involves the use of a cystoscope, which is a long, thin instrument that allows the doctor to see the bladder and urethra.

There is a small camera lens attached to the cystoscope that allows the doctor to view the hollow bladder and complete the examination. The procedure allows Dr. Illbeigi to diagnose and treat urinary disorders or conditions that a patient has been afflicted with.

Preparing for the Procedure

Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi provides each individual patient with specific instructions regarding preparations for their individual procedures. As the cystoscopy typically does not require general anesthesia, most patients are able to eat and drink normally leading up to the procedure. Some patients might have to avoid eating if they are going to have a ureteroscopy performed.

Most patients are required to give a urine sample prior to having the procedure performed, so it is recommended that any patient having one of these procedures avoids urinating for at least one hour leading up to it.

Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi recognizes that these procedures can make patients feel nervous or uncomfortable. It’s important to remember that these procedures are necessary in order to determine the cause of your urinary issues, and that Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi will do whatever it takes to make sure you are calm, comfortable and relaxed.

Many patients receive general anesthesia for the ureteroscopy procedure, so you should make sure you have a trusted family member or friend to help you after the procedure. If you have difficulty urinating, or suspect that you might have a kidney stone, you should contact Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi today in order to see if a cystoscopy or ureteroscopy is necessary.

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