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Bladder Surgery TURBT (Transurethral resection of bladder tumour)

Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumour (TURBT) is the first treatment that many patients will need to have performed after diagnosis of bladder cancer. 

The procedure is for non muscle invasive bladder cancer with the aim of removing the cancerous area and sealing the tissue around the area that has been affected to prevent any growth returning.  

The procedure requires a general anaesthetic and involves a detailed inspection of the bladder using a small tube like telescope. 

The tube will be inserted into the urethra and a pelvic examination also undertaken at the same time. 

Abnormal areas within the bladder are carefully assessed by the surgeon and all visible tumours then re-set with a hot loop . Tumour samples are then washed out of the bladder. 

A catheter is required after the operation. In many cases a single chemotherapy treatment is required following surgery and this will be discussed between patient and consultant prior to the operation.

It is important to ask any questions that may arise about the procedure both before and after the operation. 

Periods of rehabilitation will be also be advised by the consultant with regular exercise maintained to aid the healing process and return the patient to normal activities in the best possible time. 

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If the patient is paying for their own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551