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Trans Urethral Resection of Bladder Tumour (TURBT)

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If you've been scheduled for a Trans Urethral Resection of Bladder Tumour (TURBT), you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.

 

About the Operation

Trans Urethral Resection of Bladder Tumour (TURBT) is an operation where we remove a growth or tumour from your bladder. The bladder is the organ that stores your urine. This is a minimally-invasive operation. We use an instrument called a resectoscope to do your operation. We pass the resectoscope up your urethra into your bladder to remove the growth.

We may also do random bladder biopsies to test the rest of your bladder. We send the specimens to a pathologist (a doctor who analyzes tissue). After the results are back, your surgeon will talk to you about follow up and treatment options. This is usually done at your 4-week appointment.

Tumours in the bladder can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Benign tumours are usually not life-threatening. When treated or removed they usually don't grow back, don't invade tissues around them, and don't spread to other parts of the body. Malignant growths may be life-threatening, if not managed. Usually they can be removed but they can grow back.

You will stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days.

Stop smoking before your surgery


 

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