Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) is one of the main surgical procedures used in the diagnosis and management of bladder cancer.
What Does TURBT Mean?
Transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) is scraping of tumours from the bladder using an electric current.
Who Is TURBT Suitable For?
TURBT procedure is suitable for patients with tumours of the bladder
How Does A TURBT Spot Bladder Cancer?
The tumour is visualised by a camera that has been inserted via the urethra in the bladder.
How Long Does A TURBT Procedure Take?
A TURBT procedure takes approximately up to one hour.
How To Prepare For TURBT
There is no specific preparation for the TURBT procedure itself, however as it is performed under general anesthesia, a 6hour fast will be required beforehand.
What To Expect At Your TURBT Procedure
The following steps are carried out during the TURBT procedures:
- TURBT is carried out under general anaesthesia.
- 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 and 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.
What Happens After TURBT?
The following are experienced up to a week after the TURBT procedure
- Blood in urine
- Discomfort passing urine
- Difficulty passing urine
How To Relieve Pain After TURBT
Routine analgesics and anti inflammatories are best to relieve pain after TURBT procedure
What Are The Possible Risks Of TURBT?
The risks of TURBT are:
- Bladder injury
For information on TURBT from the British Association of Urological Surgeons click here.