Author(s): Kimuli M
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of out-patient flexible cystoscopy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-seven patients awaiting diagnostic or check cystoscopy in Leeds, UK were invited to undergo out-patient flexible cystoscopy using a CST-2000 Flexible Cystoscope (Vision Sciences; Natick, MA, USA) using the sterile single-use slide-on(trade mark) disposable endosheath endoscope system (EndoSheath); Vision Sciences). The performance of the cystoscope was evaluated, and the patients' experiences were documented using a questionnaire.
RESULTS: The out-patient setting proved to be ideal for flexible cystoscopy. The cystoscope was rated highly for image quality, ease of use and handling. All patients complimented us on the service and preferred out-patients to a day-ward or theatre attendance.
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that it is possible to perform out-patient flexible cystoscopy safely, economically and efficiently with the aid of a disposable endoscope system.