TURBT - TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF BLADDER TUMOURS
Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumours (TURBT) is an procedure used to remove tumours from the bladder wall, or bladder lining. This procedure may be used as a biopsy to make a definitive cancer diagnosis as well. Depending on the diagnosis, TURBT may be used to remove early bladder cancer during a cystoscopy test if a tumour is detected. In some instances, a second transurethral resection may be done to ensure that all cancer cells have been removed.
During the procedure, you will be under general anaesthesia. Dr Singh will make use of an instrument known as a resectoscope, which is passed through the urethra and into the bladder. A resectoscope is a thin tube-like tool that has a light and lens to aid Dr Singh’s view inside the bladder. The tool used to remove tissue from inside the bladder. The resectoscope has a loop attached to the one end, which can be used to remove any tumours and abnormal tissues in the bladder. The tissue can then be sent to a laboratory for further testing.
After the tumour has been removed, Dr Singh may recommend further treatment to destroy any remaining cancer with a high-energy laser during a process called fulguration.
After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be monitored until the anaesthesia wears off. A catheter may be inserted into the bladder to drain urine. You might also see blood in your urine. Drinking water helps to flush out the blood in your bladder and aid the prevention of infections. Dr Singh will prescribe painkillers to make your healing process more comfortable.