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A transurethral resection is a surgical procedure that can be used to remove abnormal tissue from the bladder. This procedure is often used to help an oncologist confirm a diagnosis of bladder cancer; after removal, the tissue can be sent to a lab for detailed testing. If the tissue is found to contain cancerous cells, oncologists may recommend one or more additional treatments to destroy any residual cells; for instance, chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be recommended if the cancer has invaded the lower layers of the bladder wall. If the removed tissue does not show any signs of cancer, transurethral resection surgery may be the only treatment needed. 

During a transurethral resection, a surgeon inserts a thin surgical tool called a cystoscope into the bladder through the urethra. No surgical incision is necessary. From there, the surgeon can:

  • Visually examine the surface of the bladder wall
  • Use a small wire loop to remove suspicious tissue
  • Destroy any remaining abnormal tissue by applying a high-frequency electric current to the lesion

At Moffitt Cancer Center, our patients can access a comprehensive range of surgical and nonsurgical bladder cancer treatments in a single, convenient location. Transurethral resection is just one of the advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques we offer; our surgeons have extensive experience with a number of other bladder cancer operations as well. As a high-volume cancer center, we have diagnosed, assessed and treated patients with virtually all types and stages of bladder cancer, routinely implementing the most effective surgical techniques that research has to offer.

To learn more about our surgical treatment options for bladder cancer, including transurethral resection, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. You can schedule an appointment with or without a physician’s referral.