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Cystoscopy turned out to be a Nightmare

by anna

On the 27th of November I went for a simple cystoscopy (or so I thought). After three (3) hours I was sent home to recover, even though I was telling the (stupid) nurse (while I was vomiting constantly) how sick I was that I could hardly move. But of course, they don’t seem to care, at ten o’clock at night. Eventually, I had to return to the hospital. They had to call the ambulance because I was in so much pain and vomiting that I couldn’t even talk.

I was taken to the emergency room where I was just given morphine for the pain then, surprisingly, they sent me home again. The following Friday, at seven o’clock in the night, I had to be rushed again to the emergency department where they did a number of different tests, to find out what was wrong. After many tests and a cat scan they found that the doctor who did the cystoscopy had perforated my ureter.

Well, they had to insert a stent from the kidney to the bladder because I was full with fluid everywhere. I was almost to the point of death.
Now, I have no choice but to try and relax. I have to take antibiotics and some other medications the doctors prescribed.

This was such a horrible experience that I just was wondering whether there was anything that I could do to make these people (the doctors and nurses) accountable, so that in future they would be more careful and maybe more alert and compassionate, especially to the elderly (I am 61 years old).

...And I wonder who is going to pay for their mistake and for all the pain and the problems I went through? I would really like to take stand against such poor treatment and make someone pay for this horrible mistake! I will appreciate any advice on how to proceed with this.


Cystoscopy is a test used by doctors to examine the inner lining of the bladder and the urethra. The urethra is the passage (or tube) through which urine is carried from the bladder to the outside of the body.

An instrument know as a cystoscope is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder. This allows doctors to closely examine areas of the urethra or bladder that may not show up on an X-ray.

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Dec 10, 2013
What a Horror Story
by: Charlene Crosthwaite

Now the stent will probably have to stay in place until the ureter heals and stents can be very painful to deal with too.
I've only dealt with the cystoscope when they had to remove the stent from kidney stones. When a stent doesn't have a string or has a very short string, they insert the cystoscope and a grabber into your bladder to grab the stent and they slowly pull everything out along with the stent.
I wish you a speedy recovery.
Yes, someone needs to be held responsible for what happened to you. There has to be someone you can report this to.

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