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Transurethral Resection Of Bladder Tumors


Transurethral resection of bladder tumors (TURBT) is surgery to remove one or more tumors ) from your bladder. Your bladder is the organ that holds your urine. Urine flows from your bladder through your urethra, and then outside of your body. With TURBT, your caregiver will remove bladder tumors, muscle, and tissue through your urethra. Having TURBT may decrease symptoms such as blood in your urine, or pain when you urinate. If you have bladder cancer, TURBT can help you and your caregiver plan treatment, or it may show how well your treatments are working. TURBT may remove your bladder cancer, or show if cancer has spread to other parts of your body.


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.

  • Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.
    • Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.
    • Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.
    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.
  • Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be taken if you feel sick to your stomach, or are vomiting.

Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:

For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.

Stop smoking:

It is never too late to quit smoking. You are more likely to have heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and other health problems if you smoke. Quitting smoking will improve your health and the health of those around you. Ask your caregiver for more information about how to stop smoking if you are having trouble quitting.


  • You have a fever.
  • You feel sick to your stomach and do not want to eat.
  • You have new or more blood in your urine.
  • You have new or more pain when you urinate.
  • You are unable to control when you urinate.
  • You have questions or concerns about your surgery, condition, or care.


  • You have bleeding from your urethra that does not stop.
  • You start to urinate less often, very little, or not at all.
  • You have severe pain in your abdomen or pelvis.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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