Glossary of Common Urologic Terms

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Catheter (Urinary)
A hollow tube used to drain fluids from the bladder.
Cystocele (Anterior Vaginal Prolapse)
This type of prolapse occurs when the wall between the vagina and the bladder stretches or detaches from its attachment to the pelvic muscles. This loss of support allows the bladder to prolapse or fall down into the vagina.
Cystoscopy is a way to look at the inside of your bladder using a tiny telescope and light. Sterile fluid is then used to fill the bladder, so that your doctor can see inside. This allows your doctor to make sure that there are no abnormalities or other problems.