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Bladder tumour resection


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​How is the procedure performed?

We usually do this procedure under general or spinal anaesthetic, using a telescope inserted into your bladder through your urethra (waterpipe).

We resect the tumour "piecemeal" using a wire loop is connected to high-energy electric current that provides power for cutting. We use a lower energy current to cauterise (burn) any bleeding blood vessels.

The tumour fragments wash forwards into the bladder and we evcuate them by suction at the end of the procedure. All the fragments are then carefully examined under a microscope by a pathologist.

Video - Transurethral resection of a bladder tumour (TURBT)

Features of this video (courtsey of Mr Nigel Bullock)

  • A fronded tumour on the right side of your bladder base (also seen in the ultrasound scan above)
  • A wire loop (silver) moving back & forth to resect the tumour which then washes into your bladder
  • High-energy electric current applied to the wire loop to produce cutting of tissue & sealing of any bleeding from blood vessels
  • Underlying muscle of your bladder wall is exposed once the tumour has been resected