Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT)


Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT)


Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT)

Transurethral resection of bladder tumour is a surgical procedure that allows the Urology surgeon to remove the entire tumour from the inside of the bladder.

An instrument called a resectoscope is passed through the water pipe (urethra) into the bladder. This has a surgical loop on it that resects (cuts off) the entire tumour from your bladder. Once removed, the tissue is sent to the laboratory to be analysed and results are usually available within two weeks.

This procedure is done with the patient asleep, under general anaesthetic.

At the end of the operation, a catheter is inserted into the bladder and the patient stays in the hospital for 24-48 hours. The catheter is removed prior to going home.

If high-grade superficial bladder cancer is diagnosed by the pathologists a second-look into the bladder and further biopsies or resection may be recommended, usually within 4-6 weeks.

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