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What happens after transurethral resection (TUR) surgery for bladder cancer?

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A transurethral resection is a surgery that takes samples of tissue from inside your bladder to find out if you have cancer there or if a tumor has spread. After the procedure, you’ll have a tube in your bladder called a catheter -- It takes pee out of your body and into a bag. You may need to have it in for a few days before you can go on your own. You can get up and walk when you have a catheter, but as the anesthesia wears off, it may feel uncomfortable.

Men sometimes feel pain at the tip of the penis afterward. If you do, be sure to let your doctor or nurse know. A numbing gel can help.

Many people go home the same day as the surgery. But if your tumor was large, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight.

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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