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Discharge Instructions for Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor (TURBT)

You had a procedure called a resection of bladder tumor (surgery to remove a bladder tumor). During the surgery, a surgeon inserted a thin, lighted tube (cystoscope) into the bladder through the urethra (the part of your body that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body). The surgeon used a tool to either remove the cancer or burn it away with high-energy electricity.

Home care

  • Take care of your catheter the way you were shown in the hospital. You will need to wash the tubing at least twice a day.

  • Don’t be alarmed by brownish or reddish blood or clots in your urine. This is a result of the procedure. However, call your doctor if the blood does not start to go away within 72 hours after you go home.

  • Drink plenty of fluids during the day (enough to keep your urine very light colored). This will help keep a healthy flow of urine.

  • Don’t drive until the doctor says it’s OK. 

  • Don’t return to work until the doctor says it’s OK.

  • Don’t do any heavy lifting for 3 weeks after the procedure.

    • Don’t lift anything heavier than 8 pounds.

    • Don’t lift weights.

    • Don’t pick up infants or children.

  • Don’t mow the lawn or use a vacuum cleaner.

  • Avoid constipation.

    • Use a laxative or stool softener as directed by your doctor.

    • Eat more high-fiber foods.

  • Be sure to finish the antibiotics that your doctor prescribed.

  • Once your catheter is removed, expect some blood in your urine and some burning when you urinate.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment, or as directed by your doctor.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Heavy bleeding or large blood clots in the urine

  • Blood in the urine after 3 days

  • Catheter falls out or stops draining

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or shaking chills

  • Trouble urinating

  • Pain or cramping in the abdomen that won’t go away

Online Medical Reviewer: Brown, Kim, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Greenstein, Marc, DO
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2017
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