Surviving Medical Testing: Cystoscopy and Catheters – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Surviving Medical Testing: Cystoscopy and Catheters

July 7, 2010

Allopathic medicine is most useful for emergency procedures, surgery and diagnosis. I’d like to give you some tips and strategies for dealing with the side effects of diagnostic medical testing. Let’s talk about cystoscopy and catheterization.


A cystoscope is a medical instrument used to examine the lining of the bladder and urethra. The examination is generally done using a topical anesthetic to numb the lining of the urethra. But there is often some residual frequency, burning and mild bleeding that should only last 12-24 hours.


This is a tube that is threaded up through your urethra into your bladder. Yes, I know, I’m wincing too. It’s not a pleasant thought at all. And usually it’s not preceded by an anesthetic. But there are things you can do to make yourself more comfortable.


1. During the procedure practice deep breathing, imagine your urethra as a big hollow tube that’s relaxed and protected by Teflon that nothing can irritate.

2. Drink 10 cups of fluids a day. Make sure at least half of it is cranberry tea. Cranberries have a special ingredient that prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder or urethra. The burning and mild bleeding with a cystoscopy means that the urethra is being irritated and could be susceptible to being attacked by bacteria. Medically, antibiotics are prescribed to try and prevent infection. However, many people are turning to cranberry tea as alternative and their doctors are agreeing.

One of the best cranberry teas is made by Traditional Medicinals The advantage of tea over juice is that it doesn’t contain sugar and you can drink it all day long. The prescription is to drink 5 cups of tea three days before and three days after each cystoscopy. If you have a catheter, you can drink 2-3 cups of cranberry tea every day.

Think about what else you are drinking and make sure it’s not acidic, which would make your irritated urethra sting. Even though orange juice seems to change from acidic to alkaline by the time it reaches the bladder, some people find it too acidic to drink after a cystoscopy. Avoid alcohol as well. If it doubt about what to drink, just stick with water and cranberry tea. And for pete’s sakes don’t become dehydrated. Concentrated urine can really sting.

3. Take magnesium. Magnesium is an antispasmodic. It will relax muscles irritated by the cystoscopy and it will relax muscles clamped around your catheter. Natural Calm magnesium powder in water is a convenient way to take it. Follow the dosage on the label.

4. Take a warm bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts to help relax muscles that might be in spasm after your cystoscopy or catherization.

For more natural medicine tips, strategies and supplement advice on over 134 health conditions, check out my very popular Future Health Now Encyclopedia, now available in ebook format for immediate download. Keep it on your desktop for easy reference.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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