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Transurethral Bladder Surgery

Underlying Problem Requiring Transurethral Bladder Surgery:
Transurethral bladder surgery is used to help patients in several ways. In some cases, it the goal is to remove bladder calcification or cancer. In others, the transurethral bladder surgery is intended to help diagnose potential issues. It can be used to remove and enlarged prostate gland(a procedure often referred to as a TURP) or kidney stones and can also unblock a ureter.

Treatment:
Patients undergoing transurethral bladder surgery will need to prepare in advance. They will work with a doctor to take x-rays and other necessary diagnostic tests, as well as to learn the benefits and risks associated with the surgery. There may be restrictions on the patient\'s diet for a few days preceding the surgery, and no food will be permitted for approximately eight hours before undergoing anesthesia.

During the surgery, a camera will be inserted into the urethra so the doctor can watch as he or she performs the procedure. Next, an instrument will be used to cut and remove the unwanted tissue. In the case of bladder cancer, the process may either cut away tumors or be a means to collect tissue for a better diagnosis.

Recovery from Transurethral Bladder Surgery:
It is not uncommon for transurethral bladder surgery patients to be able to go home the day after the surgery, if not the very same day. They are likely to experience more frequent urination, and sometimes even temporary incontinence. This will generally disappear. In order to promote healing, proper hydration will be essential. Likewise, avoiding strenuous activities, including lifting more than ten pounds, should be avoided for a few weeks. There may also be some antibiotics or other medications prescribed.

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