TURBT is one of the main surgical procedures used in the diagnosis and management of bladder cancer. It is carried out under general anaesthetic. The surgeon uses an instrument called a resectoscope to locate the visible tumours and shaves them away from the lining of the bladder using a mild electrical current. The removed tumours are then sent to a laboratory for histopathology.
Following this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the bladder through the urethra and urine drains into a bag. The catheter is used to drain away any blood and debris from the bladder. Once the bleeding has settled, the catheter is removed before discharge from the hospital, usually within 24-48 hours.
Blood in the urine and bladder discomfort after TURBT can occur intermittently for up to four weeks following this procedure.
For information on TURBT from the British Association of Urological Surgeons click here.