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Transurethral resection (TUR) of the bladder is a surgical
procedure that is used both to diagnose
bladder cancer and to remove cancerous tissue from the
bladder. This procedure is also called a TURBT (transurethral resection for
General anesthesia or spinal anesthesia is often
used. During TUR surgery, a
cystoscope is passed into the bladder through the
urethra. A tool called a resectoscope is used to
remove the cancer for
biopsy and to burn away any remaining cancer
Bladder cancer can come back after this surgery, so repeat TURs
are sometimes needed.
Following surgery, a
catheter may be placed in the
urethra to help stop bleeding and to prevent blockage
of the urethra. When the bleeding has stopped, the catheter is removed. You may
need to stay in the hospital 1 to 4 days.
You may feel the need to urinate frequently for a while after the
surgery, but this should improve over time. You may have blood in your urine
for up to 2 to 3 weeks following surgery.
You may be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for about 3 weeks
TUR can be used to diagnose, stage, and treat bladder
TUR is the most common and effective treatment for early-stage
bladder cancer. It may also be effective for more advanced cancer
if all the cancer is removed and biopsies show that no cancer cells
The risks of TUR include:
Treatment with TUR may be followed by
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
Current as of:
April 30, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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