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What can you expect prior to transurethral resection (TUR) surgery for bladder cancer?

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You first may need a blood test and chest X-ray to make sure you’re healthy enough to have TUR surgery, but your surgeon won’t need to make a cut into your skin. He’ll get to your bladder through your urethra -- the tube pee goes through as it passes out of your body.

Before the surgery, you’ll have either general anesthesia -- which puts you to sleep -- or regional anesthesia that numbs just the lower part of your body. The procedure starts once that medicine starts to work.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Surgery.”

Cancer Research UK: “Trans Urethral Removal of Bladder Tumour.”

University Hospital Southampton: “Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor Information for Patients.”

University of Cincinnati Cancer Center: “Treating Bladder Cancer: TUR (Transurethral Resection).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 22, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Bladder Cancer Surgery.”

Cancer Research UK: “Trans Urethral Removal of Bladder Tumour.”

University Hospital Southampton: “Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor Information for Patients.”

University of Cincinnati Cancer Center: “Treating Bladder Cancer: TUR (Transurethral Resection).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 22, 2017

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