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Transurethral resection of bladder tumour

TURBT ureterorenoscopy

Using fibre-optic technology, this surgical procedure can help to discover the presence of bladder cancer

About

A bladder tumour is a common cause of haematuria (blood in your urine). To find out if the tumour is cancerous, our surgeons can perform a TURBT (transurethral resection of bladder tumour) using an ureterorenoscope (a flexible fibre-optic telescope) and advanced laser technology.

Need to know

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    A ureterorenoscope will be inserted into your bladder through your urethra (waterpipe).We'll then use a low-energy laser to resect (shave off) samples of the tumour. After the procedure, we'll send these samples to a lab to find out if there is a cancerous tumour in your bladder and what grade it is and what stage it is at. The procedure can take 15 to 90 minutes. You'll receive a general anaesthetic (meaning you'll be asleep during the procedure) or a spinal anaesthetic (meaning you won't feel anything below the waist). Your anaesthetist will discuss both options with you. They'll also explain post-op pain relief.
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    You may receive an injection of antibiotics before the procedure, after you've been checked for any allergies. We'll also provide you with anti-embolism tights (to wear during the procedure) and may give you an injection to prevent blood clots. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have.
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    You can expect to recover in hospital for up to three days. If we inserted a catheter (thin tube) into your bladder, we'll remove it before you leave. We'll also give you a follow-up consultation time to discuss the findings of our lab tests. Depending on the results, more tests may be required. You'll probably notice blood in your urine for a few days after the procedure. And you may experience bleeding for up to three weeks after the procedure. This is known as a second haemorrhage and is often the result of a bladder infection. If the bleeding stops you from passing urine, you should contact your GP or urologist immediately, or visit A&E.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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