Transurethral resection (TUR) of the bladder
is a surgery that removes cancerous tissue. It
does not remove the bladder.
TUR is the most common and effective treatment
for early-stage bladder cancer. It may also work well for
more advanced cancer if all the cancer can be removed and
biopsies show that no cancer cells remain.
Your doctor will
give you medicine to make you sleep or feel relaxed. You will not feel
The doctor will put a
thin, lighted tool called a cystoscope, or scope, into your urethra.
The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the
outside of the body. Then the doctor will gently thread
the scope into your bladder. Your bladder will then be filled with fluid. This stretches the bladder so that your doctor can clearly see the inside of
your bladder. Your doctor will use small surgical
tools through the scope to remove and/or burn away any
Your doctor may leave a small tube called a catheter in the urethra to
help prevent blockage of the urethra. When the bleeding
from surgery has stopped, the tube is removed. You may need to stay in the hospital for 1 to
4 days. You may still have the catheter when you go
You may feel the need
to urinate often for a while after the surgery. But this
should improve with time. It may burn when you urinate. Drink lots of fluids to
help with the burning. Your urine also may look pink for
up to 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. This is
because there may be blood in it.
have to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for about
3 weeks after TUR.
Your doctor may suggest that
you have chemotherapy or biological therapy after the procedure.
Bladder cancer can come back. You will need regular examinations
for the rest of your life to check for the cancer. You may need the surgery
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
November 11, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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