What happens During Surgery?
A local epidural or general anesthetic will be administered before the surgery commences.
A small camera and a cutting device to remove the tissue from the prostate will be inserted through the urethra.
A cauterising loop is used to remove the tumour from your bladder and to stop bleeding.
The tumour tissue which is removed is sent for further testing after the operation.
How long will I stay in hospital?
You should be able to go home the day of the surgery. Most people can have a simple bladder tumor biopsy and resection done as an outpatient day procedure.
Your surgeon might suggest you stay overnight if you have other medical concerns or if you have had a large amount of tissue removed.
What is my recovery time?
Following the procedure, you’ll have a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into the bladder to drain urine. It is normal for there to be blood in the urine at first. Drinking liquids will help flush out your bladder and help prevent infections. Your catheter will be removed when there is no more blood visible in the urine or when you go home.
A burning sensation or the need to urinate frequently may be experienced when urinating. These symptoms will usually settle with time.
After the surgery, avoid strenuous activities for about 6 – 8 weeks. Consume plenty of fibre and drink 2 – 3 litres of fluid per day to avoid constipation.