What is a TURBT?

A Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor (TURBT) is a procedure where a urologist removes tumors from the bladder wall. The procedure is performed using specialized instruments that are inserted through the urethra into the bladder. For the tumor removal (called resection) the urologist uses a scope that features a special cutting instrument designed for that purpose. Another instrument is used to cauterize removal sites for proper healing.

The most common indication for a TURBT is bladder cancer. The tumors and tissue removed from the bladder (biopsy) often get tested. The test results will indicate the type of tumor or abnormality that is in the bladder. They can also identify how extensive the tumor or abnormality is. With this information, the urologist can determine the best course of action for disease management moving forward.

After a TURBT

Here are some important things to keep in mind for after your TURBT:

  • For several days, there can be burning and mild discomfort when urinating.
  • There may be a change in the force of the urine stream for up to 2 weeks.
  • Bleeding and the evacuation of small blood clots is very common in the immediate hours and up to 2 days after the procedure.
  • One to two weeks after the procedure there may be a small episode of repeat bleeding.

Follow your doctor’s discharge instructions carefully. Please contact your doctor’s office immediately, if you have any questions or concerns.

Using Cysview in first TURBT can result in more complete resection and better disease management right from the start.1

Sievert KD, Amend B, Nagele U, et al. Economic Aspects of Bladder Cancer: What Are the Benefits and Costs? World J Urol. 2009; 27(3):295.

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