Transurethral Resection  of a Bladder Tumour

The TURBT. The transurethral resection of a bladder tumour. This was the procedure that I underwent at Sunnybrook Health Sciences with Dr. Kodama. I arrived prior to 6am in the morning to check-in, after having completed pre-surgical screening a few weeks prior. I was prepped and then held in a queue to be taken to the surgical floor. A resident intern greeted me and provided me with reassurance and some pre-op conversation. I then proceeded to the surgical suite where I was comfortable but under general anesthetic for the procedure. When I awoke in the recovery room I still had a catheter attached and the Dr. reassured me that the procedure had gone well with no complications. The critical factor was to see how the bladder was clearing into a container at the end of the bed. I was overnight with a return visit from the resident intern ensuring that I had rested comfortably. A neighbour, a retired nurse, was working the recovery ward. By mid morning I was peeing quite clear and all systems were go. I was released by noon that day heading home to rest comfortably.

No complications

I was fortunate that I did not have any complications. I have heard from others who may have experienced some clotting or had catheters in longer or returned home with catheters. My catheter was removed before I left the hospital and I returned home in comfort. I continued to drink lots of water to ensure the bladder was functioning well. I was to return to the doctor within a few weeks to assess the pathology report and determine what steps would be next in my bladder cancer journey – more to follow.

Great resources to Review

Bladder Cancer Canada offers very complete and informative patient guidebooks. All the details pertaining to non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and the approaches to dealing with it are included in this resource.

Bladder Cancer Advocacy of America has a great description of the TURBT on their website.

The Cleveland Clinic has a very straight forward summary of the TURBT.

An animated YouTube video from is a good overview of the procedure of TURBT.

Some surgeons may use a blue light for the TURBT procedure – more information here related to the us of blue light.

Wishing you well on your journey. After your TURBT the doctor will want to see you for a post surgical discussion to assess what they found with respect to the stage and grade of your bladder cancer and what your courses of action will be for follow-up. More to follow.