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.