I've had two TURBT procedures. The first was to actually remove as much as the tumor as possible (they got it all) and that one was about an hour. They knocked me out and I woke up and it was done. I had a catheter for a few days and I hated it. But once it was out everything was ok.
The second one was just to see if they got all the tumor from the first one (it was a second opinion procedure). That on was over in about 20 minutes. They knocked me out for that one too. No catheter after that one, thank goodness.
08/16/16 - TURBT - 1 tumor, T1HG, 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 1.8 cm, non-invasive papillary.
BCG treatments (15 rounds total - last March, 2018). As of latest cysto, Jun 19, 2019 - cancer free!
Suggestion on what to wear - as a female, I found it best to go commando and wear a long skirt. It's much easier to deal with the catheter and bag. Also, after the TURBT, I found it helpful to drink a lot of plain soothing drinks like water or warm green tea.
Keep us posted, and feel free to ask questions.
Take care of you,
Dx 5/28/15 with 4.2cm x 2.2cm Ta HG Papillary TCC; 2nd TURBT 7/09/15, NED; 6 BCG completed 9/30/15; 3 sets of BCG maintenance completed 1/26/17. Six cystoscopes - all NED. Moving to scopes every 6 months, and no more BCG maintenance.
One issue, other than what has already been mentioned already, that I wish I had known after my second TURBT which required a catheter is to ask how to "flush" the catheter if necessary. In my case the morning following my surgery I noticed I had very little drainage into the night bag but felt I needed to go bad. My cath had become plugged with clots/debris. Like normal this was on a weekend so I goggled it and was able to flush myself and "what a relief".
Don't worry about the TURBT. In my case my first one I didn't need a catheter but did on my second one. For me the catheter was the biggest issue - being male it is more of an issue I suspect.
Thank you for your input. Since I'm in this now, I'm happy I found this site. I so appreciate you and Jack helping me out.
I'll post after the surgery how everything went. I'm hoping for the best, but I'll be ready if it goes the other way too.