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Blue light cystoscopy (bladder scope)

Cytoscopy using blue light is a modern and highly effective procedure to inspect the bladder and view cancers.

What is a blue light cystoscopy?

Cystoscopy involved visual inspection of the bladder lining using a telescope, usually to diagnose or rule out bladder cancer. Until recently normal ‘white’ light was used. However, we now know that some bladder cancers are missed by ‘white light’ cystoscopy. A new technique called blue light cystoscopy shows bladder cancers much more clearly.

What are the benefits?

There is good evidence that using ‘blue light’ cystoscopy allows the detection of more bladder cancers resulting in more effective treatment. This in turns means that patients get fewer cancer recurrences.

How safe is the treatment?

Blue light cystoscopy has been available for 5 years and is extremely safe with no major complications.

Paying for your operation

Cystoscopy (blue light) costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

Bladder dilation

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,818 Included £1,818
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,018

Removal of bladder lesion by cystoscopy

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £4,873 Included £4,873
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £5,073

Specialists Offering Blue light cystoscopy (bladder scope)

Mr Waleed Al-Singary

Consultant Urologist

MBChB, Dip(GS), Dip (Urol) FABS, FRCS (ED), MPhil, FEB (Urol), FRCS (Urol)

BMI Goring Hall Hospital

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Mr Ahmed Ali

Consultant Urology Surgeon

FRCS (Urol), MSc (Urol), MRCS Diploma, MBChB

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

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Mr Shailesh Kulkarni

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MS, MRCS, MCh(urol), FEBU, FRCS(urol)

BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Philip Goodall

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BMBS, BMedSci FRCS (Urol), MPhil

BMI The Park Hospital

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Mr Sarb Sandhu

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BSc(Hons) MBBS(Lon) MD(Lon) FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Urol)

BMI Syon Clinic

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