I am 71 and it is many many years since I had a cystoscopy, in fact you then had a general anaesthetic before this procedure. Nowadays, that is not necessary, no anaesthetic at all, just a numbing wipe. The doctor who carried out the cystoscopy was brilliant and it was all over quickly enough. The downside is that the hospital calls you in about 1 hour prior to your actual procedure. Your relative cannot wait with you before you go into the endoscopy suite.