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Old 05-15-2018, 01:34 PM
 
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I need to have a biopsy of my bladder, but I have been told by some ladies that it is rather invasive, and I have been wondering if any ladies here have had it done, and what has been your experience. The problem is that it is done in the doctor's office, without any Anesthesia. Thank you,
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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It will be done with local anesthesia.

It's uncomfortable but not too bad.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:37 PM
 
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Someone else - male, I think - just had a thread a little while back about it and he was really freaked out. I think he came away the same as suzy_q. Make sure to tell them how apprehensive you are and get what you need to make it bearable for you.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:03 AM
 
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It will be done with local anesthesia.

It's uncomfortable but not too bad.

Anesthesia is an issue that it is not use often here due to age. And I am up there. It is always done in the doctor's office, WITHOUT ANYTHING. NYC and the insurance companies are taking precautions due to what happened to Joan Rivers.

I had recently had a procedure done, where the specialist went into the vagina area looking for Fibroids, or tumors, with a camera, found them, but hurt me a lot............I screamed very, very loud, they told me. Nothing was used. And of course, that was the last time I saw her.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:13 AM
 
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It's my understanding of this procedure that they obtain a biopsy during a cystoscopy. I've had 2 cystoscopies, and they were as Suzi described them.....uncomfortable, but not too bad. I did not have biopsies taken during those procedures, iirc, so I can't comment on how much worse (if at all) having the biopsy aspect would be.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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Anesthesia is an issue that it is not use often here due to age. And I am up there. It is always done in the doctor's office, WITHOUT ANYTHING. NYC and the insurance companies are taking precautions due to what happened to Joan Rivers.

I had recently had a procedure done, where the specialist went into the vagina area looking for Fibroids, or tumors, with a camera, found them, but hurt me a lot............I screamed very, very loud, they told me. Nothing was used. And of course, that was the last time I saw her.
That's why I said to talk to them first and if they're not interested in your physical and mental comfort and you're in NYC, you can find another place. Your doctor can make a request for you at any of the places he or she might refer you to and it will be on your own doctor to accept the risk if they OK an anesthetic, so the test place is off the hook. They should know that the older you are, the more sensitive these membranes become.

Barring that, a nurse told someone I knew who was having a uterine biopsy to load up on Advil or something at home first because the dr wasn't going to give her anything.

I just know if i had had your painful experience, I'd be frightened of another, so you should ask for what you need to be as comfortable as possible. And if you have a dr of your own that you feel good with, ask them to intervene for you if they can.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:15 PM
 
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I need to have a biopsy of my bladder, but I have been told by some ladies that it is rather invasive, and I have been wondering if any ladies here have had it done, and what has been your experience. The problem is that it is done in the doctor's office, without any Anesthesia. Thank you,
I'm an RN and have watched this done a few times. You can request local anesthesia but I would recommend against it if you don't really mind the slight discomfort. If the examining physician is good, at most it's slightly uncomfortable. My boss says, best to avoid local if you can handle a few seconds of discomfort.
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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Anesthesia is an issue that it is not use often here due to age. And I am up there. It is always done in the doctor's office, WITHOUT ANYTHING. NYC and the insurance companies are taking precautions due to what happened to Joan Rivers.

I had recently had a procedure done, where the specialist went into the vagina area looking for Fibroids, or tumors, with a camera, found them, but hurt me a lot............I screamed very, very loud, they told me. Nothing was used. And of course, that was the last time I saw her.
That's general anesthesia, that is dangerous in the elderly (really it's risky for anyone). That's what you get before surgery, etc. Local anesthesia like that poster mentioned, usually refers to a shot, like when you go to the dentist and he numbs your mouth. I haven't heard of issues with that?
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Old 07-28-2018, 11:14 AM
 
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Anesthesia is an issue that it is not use often here due to age. And I am up there. It is always done in the doctor's office, WITHOUT ANYTHING. NYC and the insurance companies are taking precautions due to what happened to Joan Rivers.

I had recently had a procedure done, where the specialist went into the vagina area looking for Fibroids, or tumors, with a camera, found them, but hurt me a lot............I screamed very, very loud, they told me. Nothing was used. And of course, that was the last time I saw her.

Not understanding why local would not be used...
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Old 07-28-2018, 04:04 PM
 
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I'm an RN and have watched this done a few times. You can request local anesthesia but I would recommend against it if you don't really mind the slight discomfort. If the examining physician is good, at most it's slightly uncomfortable. My boss says, best to avoid local if you can handle a few seconds of discomfort.
Why? What's the problem with local anesthetic?
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