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Cystoscopy Pain Similar with Residents or Staff Urologists

Resident training year has little effect

THURSDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Pain and morbidity are similar in patients undergoing cystoscopy regardless of whether a staff urologist or a supervised resident performed the procedure, and resident training year has little effect, according to a report in the May issue of Urology.

Carvell T. Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio examined whether having a staff urologist or a resident as the primary surgeon influenced pain and morbidity in 506 patients undergoing cystoscopy. Pain was assessed by a visual analogue scale.

The researchers found that pain scores were not significantly different based on whether staff or a resident performed the procedure. Resident training year also had no significant effect on pain scores.

"Office-based cystoscopy can be performed by residents under staff supervision, with pain and morbidity comparable to when a staff urologist performs the procedure," Nguyen and colleagues conclude.

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