What is Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor (TURBT)?

This surgical procedure allows your surgeon to biopsy your tumor, or remove the entire tumor from the inside of your bladder, while leaving the bladder intact. During a TURBT procedure, the surgeon inserts a tool called a resectoscope through the urethra to reach the inside of your bladder. The has a surgical loop on it that resects (cuts off) the entire tumor from your bladder. TURBT is appropriate for patients with early-stage bladder cancer.

Patients who undergo TURBT for bladder cancer treatment typically have intravesical therapy shortly afterwards.