One of the more straightforward bladder cancer surgeries is a transurethral resection. In a transurethral resection, a small tube with a camera and a light called a cytoscope is inserted into the bladder through the urethra. A cytoscope allows for other instruments to be inserted into the urethra as well, primarily tools that can be used to excise tumors or take other kinds of samples.
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Performing a Transurethral Resection
A transurethral resection allows a surgeon to see and manipulate tissues inside the bladder. A local anesthetic is administered to the patient’s obturator nerve, stopping impulses from the body’s lower extremities. After the patient is properly anesthetized, the cytoscope is inserted into the urethra and pushed through it until it reaches the bladder. From there, surgeons explore the bladder, searching for signs of cancer. Skilled surgeons can locate and excise tumors through the cytoscope.
In some cases, a transurethral resection may be the only treatment required for noninvasive bladder cancers. The complications and risks associated with this procedure are similar to most kinds of surgery.
Directly after a transurethral resection, a patient may experience small amounts of blood in their urine. For the most part, healing should be complete within three months if no recurrences of cancer or further complications arise.
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