A transurethral resection of bladder tumor is done when there is a mass or polyp inside the bladder.
A TURBT is performed under anesthesia in the operating room. A special cystoscope is guided through the urethra and into the bladder. The tumor is then scrapped off of the wall of the bladder and bleeding is controlled by electrical cautery.
Patients that undergo TURBT usually are sent home from the hospital on the same day as surgery and occasionally might need a catheter to drain their bladder for a few days afterwards. Blood in the urine is very common and expected for several days after these procedures.