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Just found a tumor...TURB next week...now what?

11 years 3 months ago #24549 by jtroiano
Go home, Have them leave the cathoder in. Make sure they give you meds for bladder spasm. You don't have to take them unless you start getting spasms. If I understand correctly the TUIP is making the opening bigger. I'm pretty sure you will probably have the cathoder for a little bit. I usually take one pain pill when I leave the hospital and then nothing after that.

I find it much better sitting on my couch than in a hospital bed. Better TV also.

I even went fishing after my surgery with my strap on cathoder bag and pulled in a 38" sturgeon. It was harder walking across the parking lot to get the truck.

I count my blessings that I have this cancer. My best friend had Stage three colon cancer and now has a bag for life. He also has nerve problems in his hands and feet from chemo. It just about killed him. He was auto racing the next summer with his bag and all and rolled the car three times. Fuel poored all over him and when I got to him I thought he was dead. The first thing that went through my mind was that he survived cancer and killed himself racing.

I really need to get back to work!!!


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11 years 3 months ago #24546 by pemquid
I think the overnight stay would seem more likely needed on account of the TUIP than the TURB, and likewise the use of the catheter. (Being female, I of course have no personal knowledge of the TUIP and what all is involved in terms of recovery.) I had my first TURB as a surgical outpatient, just one smallish tumor removed, no catheter, and I was out of the hospital I'd estimate about 3 hours after the procedure was done. If you read up on the TUIP, it does say that there is sometimes a stay of 1-3 days.


Small TA Grade 1, May-06; recur (2 tiny), same, June-08; TURBTs both times. BCG begun July-08, dosage to 1/3rd May-10, completed treatment December-11. All clear since 2008.

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11 years 3 months ago #24541 by Patricia
OK...here's a non horror story...
My TURB was done by Dr. Harry Herr at MSK in NYC. Once I woke up the catheter was removed in about l5 minutes and about 20 minutes later i got up went to the bathroom.....and walked out of the place and hailed a Taxi. I had no post op bleeding and had no trouble peeing and absolutely no pain whatsoever. As long as the catheter is running clear..my surgeon was cool with taking the cath out as it irritates the bejesus out of me........I hate those things.

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11 years 3 months ago #24534 by deand
I just entered the Twilight Zone didnt I where you have to actually "try" to pee lol. That is just bizarre.

Now -- I am being told I am going to have the TURB and the TUIP at 3:00pm in the afternoon AND they are sending me home that day. I keep hearing about all these TURB procedures and people spending at least 1 day in the hospital. Honestly, I would prefer to be in the hospital instead of being shuttled home. Is that normal to spend 1 day in the hospital? I am going to call my surgeon today about this....seems strange after reading all the feedback that I would have the surgery late in the afternoon and be shuttled home right afterwords....

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11 years 3 months ago #24533 by GKLINE
The TURB surgery is really an easy thing. My biggest problem was emptying my bladder before they would let me out of the hospital. I thought it was going to be easy. I spent 8 hours trying to do something that was supposed to come naturally. The nurses became a cheering squad. They probably wanted me out!
But seriously, the surgery was a snap, no pain or anything. Just that weird sensation that your body has been vioalted. Kind of like an alien abduction sort of thing.
My best wishes for Good Luck

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11 years 3 months ago #24501 by wsilberstein
I slept on my back with a pillow under my knees

TaG3 + CIS 12/2000. TURB + Mitomycin C (No BCG)
Urethral stricture, urethroplasty 10/2009
CIS 11/2010 treated with BCG. CIS 5/2012 treated with BCG/interferon
T1G3 1/2013. Radical Cystectomy 3/5/2013, No invasive cancer. CIS in right ureter.
Incontinent. AUS implant 2/2014. AUS explant...

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