Surgery for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT)
This surgery is to remove the tumour or tumours from your bladder. You have a general anaesthetic or an anaesthetic injection into your lower back (spinal anaesthetic) so that you will not feel anything. If you have a spinal anaesthetic, you will be awake during the operation.
During the operation the surgeon will put a tube called a cystoscope into your bladder through your water pipe (urethra). Then special instruments are put through the cytoscope to cut or burn off the tumour. The surgeon may use a mild electrical current to seal the wound and stop any bleeding (cauterisation).
Will I need more treatment?
Bladder tumours can come back after treatment. If this happens you may need another TURBT in the future. For this reason you will be have regular check-ups for many years.
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