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Transurethral Resection Of Bladder Tumors
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Transurethral resection of bladder tumors (TURBT) is surgery to remove one or more tumors from your bladder.
- Medicines help decrease pain or prevent vomiting.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Care for your Foley catheter:
Keep the bag below your waist. This will prevent urine from flowing back into your bladder and causing an infection or other problems. Also, keep the tube free of kinks so the urine will drain properly. Do not pull on the catheter. This can cause pain and bleeding and may cause the catheter to come out. Empty your urine drainage bag when it is ½ to ⅔ full, or every 8 hours. If you have a smaller leg bag, empty it every 3 to 4 hours. Do the following when you empty your urine drainage bag:
- Hold the urine bag over the toilet or a large container.
- Remove the drain spout from its sleeve at the bottom of the urine bag. Do not touch the tip of the drain spout. Open the slide valve on the spout.
- Let the urine flow out of the urine bag into the toilet or container. Do not let the drainage tube touch anything.
- Clean the end of the drain spout with alcohol when the bag is empty. Ask which cleaning solution is best to use.
- Close the slide valve and put the drain spout into its sleeve at the bottom of the urine bag. Write down how much urine was in your bag if you were asked to keep a record.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have new or more blood in your urine.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have new or more pain when you urinate.
- You are unable to control when you urinate.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have heavy bleeding from your urethra.
- You start to urinate less often, very little, or not at all.
- You have severe pain in your abdomen or pelvis.
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