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An update on how things are going ,
I went into hospital for my Turbt at 8am on Wednesday. After a couple of hours, during which I met with the anethetist and surgeon, I had the procedure under a general anesthetic and was waking up on on the ward by lunchtime.I had a chemical chemotherapy bladder wash the next morning and was allowed home later after three rather painfull pees.
Apart from the effects of the chemo bladder wash, the 24 hours in hospital after the TURBT were not too bad, although I had no appetite for food for a while due I think to the anesthetic.
I am feeling better in myself now although having a pee is still a little painfull, but I am drinking plenty of water, so hopefully that will improve soon.
My two main concerns now are my return to work on Monday week (less than two weeks after my op), I told the Surgeon my work involves driving and quite a bit of heavy lifting, but he said I should be fine by then, so I hope he is right.
My second worry is a wait of three weeks for the results of the tests on the tumour, to see what grade it is.I was well looked after by the nursing staff during my stay in hospital, but having to wait six weeks from diagnosis of bladder cancer for my Turbt, then another three weeks to get my results does seem a bit slow.
Glad to see that you had the op and it all went well, i know from my own experiances that the waiting for the histology results is a worrying time, as we always think the worst, best to keep busy with things and try and take your mind off it, i was lucky that i had my family (brothers & sister) to help me do that,
I would not be in too much of a hurry to return back to work though if you can manage at least until you have the full results and to know what treatment plan you will be on, i found that i got extremly tired for quite a few weeks after the op and they say that the anesthetic stays in your system for up to 6 months, and dont forget that you have had quite an operation, and it takes time for your body to recover.
Like you my job involves driving, and my company would not let me return to work for 5 months (also my GP would not let me back to work and was happy to sign me off, first time ever! for the same period), in which time i was able to recover well, and have my first check up cystoscopy examination that showed no new regrowth, so in my own mind i felt ready to go back to work and indeed could last the full 12 hour day which up to then would have been a problem.
Your hospital visit mirrors my own experiances, and i am told by the hospital that the final outcome of (TCC,G1.pTa) is the eaisyest type of cancer to treat with a good result & outcome ! (if that makes any sense) So i wish you good luck and hope the wait is over soon.
all the best
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