TURBT (Transurethral resection of bladder tumour)
Resection or laser vaporization of bladder cancer.
TURBT is short for transurethral resection of bladder tumour. The procedure allows Dr Elmes to both diagnose and potentially treat various bladder disorders.
It is performed under general anaesthetic and often requires an overnight stay and a catheter placed to drain your urine for usually 24hours. The procedure is performed with a telescope that is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. It is generally performed in the hospital setting as an outpatient with the patient anaesthetised. You may be able to go home that day, however if the area of bladder that is cauterised is large then you may have to stay over night with a catheter within the bladder to aid with healing and recovery.
The information that is gained from the procedure will inform Dr Elmes as to the type of tumour or abnormality that is in the bladder and how extensive it is. This can then guide Dr Elmes in determining whether or not additional treatment will be required for your condition