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How did i get a uti?

1 month 3 days ago #59444 by sara.anne
It is a bit difficult to definitively answer your questions since I am not really familiar with what is going on but I will make some “uneducated “ guesses. I assume that the procedure you had was a TURB (transurethral resection of the bladder) where any obvious tumor tissue is removed and sent to the pathology lab. He wouldn’t leave any tumor there. In addition other random samples of the bladder lining are also taken and examined. Your doctor should discuss the results of the pathology report with you and you should ask for a copy for your records.

Often the results of the initial TURB raise more questions...there may be areas that are difficult for the pathologist to make a definitive diagnosis and so the procedure is repeated with special attention paid to obtaining biopsy samples from those problematic areas. If this is the case in your situation, your urologist is being thorough and following the best practices.

If you have any additional questions for him/her after the results are in, be firm and ask until you have answers you understand and are comfortable with. Remember that you ( or the insurance you pay for) are paying for all this!

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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1 month 3 days ago #59443 by busaman
thank you so much for your comments. it is great to be able to ask someone questions, because my doctor doesn't explain much to me.
in fact, i was wrong about my procedure today. i thought it was another resection since he originally told me i had four large tumors and he would take two out first to have them biopsied. but today he told me that he took all four out last time and that today was for a bladder biopsy. does this make sense? I am so in the dark.
back on a catheter until monday. this time i am definitely taking the meds to deal with the pain and stinging.

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1 month 5 days ago #59440 by sara.anne
UTI's are very common. There are bacteria all over including everywhere on our skin, especially in our "lower" regions. It is not something that you usually"catch" from someone else. Just a few bacteria travel into your bladder and you have a UTI. Even an exam by a urologist, careful as they are, can lead to a UTI. It is not a big deal, but they do not want to do anything invasive that might spread it more so that is why they are postponing the TURB.

You will be fine.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
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1 month 5 days ago #59439 by busaman
I am scheduled for my second tumor resection this week. My pre-op tests said I had a UTI and I'm now on a powerful antibiotic before my surgery. Never had anything like this in my life. How did i get a UTI? I have not been around anyone except my girlfriend and we barely even touch with the covid pandemic. My doctor doesn't tell me much.

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