Enhancing the Quality of Transurethral Resection: The Importance of a Complete TURB and the En-Bloc Resection

  • Rodolfo HurleEmail author
  • Carmen Maccagnano


Trans-Urethral Resection of Bladder (TURB) is one of the first endoscopic procedures executed by training residents, but the limits of classical TURB has always to be considered, i.e.: risk of tumor seeding, incomplete resection, thermal damage of specimen’s margin, and, above all, the absence of DM. As a matter of fact, being a senior surgeon, the use of both “Bladder Diagram” and “Bladder Tumour Checklist” may help to overcome these limits, performing a “Good-quality TURB”.

The “En-Bloc Resection of Bladder Tumour” (ERBT) may additionally overcome these limits, representing the best surgical technique to perform a “Good-quality TURB”, also because TURB and ERBT do not differ significantly regarding peri-operative morbidity.

Nevertheless, ERBT requires specific instrumentation and dedicated surgeon. In this context, a specific teaching program, consisted in the presence of a consultant physician during all TURB performed by residents, the institution of a video-TURB archive for revisions, and weekly multidisciplinary discussion meetings between urologists and genito-urinary pathologist may significantly contribute to perform a “Good Quality TURB”.


Trans-urethral resection of bladder En-bloc resection Bladder tumour checklist Good quality trans-urethral resection of bladder Detrusor muscle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyIstituto Clinico Humanitas IRCCS, Clinical and Research HospitalMilanItaly
  2. 2.Division of Urology, Department of SurgeryASST Lariana, Sant’Anna HospitalComoItaly

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