The results of your biopsies will usually take 14-21 days to come through. Arrangements for a follow –up appointment will be explained to you before you leave hospital.
Depending on the biopsy results, further investigations (e.g. X-ray, CT scan), instillation of drugs into your bladder (chemotherapy/immunotherapy) or a further admission may be arranged for you.
Most procedures have a potential for side-effects and these are outlined below.
Common (greater than 1 in 10)
- Mild burning or bleeding on passing urine for short period after operation
- Temporary insertion of a catheter for bladder irrigation.
- Need for additional treatments to bladder in attempt to prevent recurrence of tumours. Including drugs installed into the bladder.
Occasional (between 1 in 10 & 1 in 50)
- Infection of bladder requiring antibiotics.
- No guarantee of cancer cure by this operation alone.
- Recurrence of bladder tumour and/or incomplete removal.
Rare (less than 1 in 50)
- Delayed bleeding requiring removal of clots or further surgery.
- Damage to drainage tubes from kidney (ureters) requiring additional therapy.
- Injury to the urethra causing delayed scar formation.
- Perforation of the bladder requiring a temporary urinary catheter or open surgical repair.
When you get home, you should drink plenty of water for the next 24-48 hours to flush your system through and minimise any bleeding. You may notice some burning, frequency and pain in your lower abdomen initially but this usually settles over a few days.
If you develop a fever, severe pain on passing urine, inability to pass urine or worsening bleeding, you should contact your GP immediately.