Transurethral bladder tumor resection is a procedure in which your physician resects/removes a tumor from your bladder. The procedure is referred to as “transurethral” because a small telescopic instrument is passed through your urethra to reach the bladder tumor. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
The procedure is performed at the hospital on an outpatient basis (usually no hospital stay).
After the hospital:
- You may have a catheter in place for 2-4 days after to drain the urine from your bladder. The office will call to schedule the catheter removal; this is performed in the office.
- It can take several weeks for your bladder to heal. During this time you may experience blood in your urine. If this occurs increase fluid intake (especially water) and rest.
- Avoid heavy physical activities, no heavy lifting or straining for 3-4 weeks after your procedure. Avoid constipation; stool softeners may be necessary.
- A follow up appointment will be scheduled in 1 month’s time; the office will call to schedule.
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