TURP Surgery - Overview

Traditionally, TURP or Transurethral resection of the prostate has been considered the most effective treatment for an enlarged prostate. A TURP is a surgical procedure that is followed by cutting away a section of the prostate. The prostate is located between the penis and bladder, and surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis is a small gland in the pelvis only found in men. It’s). If the prostate becomes enlarged, it can put pressure on the bladder and urethra which can cause symptoms that affect urination.

TURP Surgery - Symptoms

A Surgery for TURP is often recommended when the prostate becomes enlarged (benign prostatic hyperplasia) which causes troublesome symptoms like:

  • Problems while urinating
  • Problems in urine flow or stopping and starting
  • Having to strain to pass urine
  • A frequent need to urinate
  • Waking up regularly during the night to urinate (Nocturia)
  • A sudden urge to urinate
  • Being unable to empty your bladder fully

TURP Surgery - Pre-Procedure

Several days before your surgery, your doctor will ask you to stop taking medications that increase your risk of bleeding, including:

  • Stop taking any kind of blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others)

You’ll likely be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent urinary tract infection.

TURP Surgery - During Procedure

During the surgery your surgeon will insert a resectoscope into the tip of your penis and extend it through your urethra and into the prostate area. Your surgeon won’t need to make any cuts (incisions) on the outside of your body. Your surgeon will use the resectoscope to trim tissue from the inside of your prostate gland, one small piece at a time. As small pieces of the tissue are cut from inside the prostate, irrigating fluid carries them into your bladder. They are then removed at the end of the operation.

TURP Surgery - Post-Procedure

After the surgery you’ll likely stay in the hospital for one to two days. Your doctor will put a urinary catheter in place because of swelling that will block urine flow. The catheter is usually left in place for at least 24 to 48 hours, until swelling declines and you’re able to urinate on your own.

You might also notice Blood in your urine and Irritating urinary symptoms after the surgery. Your doctor is likely to recommend that you:

  • To flush out the bladder you will be asked to drink plenty of water 
  • To avoid constipation and straining during a bowel movement your doctor will recommend eating high-fiber foods and he/she might also recommend a stool softener.
  • Avoid arduous activity, such as heavy lifting, for four to six weeks or until your doctor says it’s OK.
  • Hold off on sex for four to six weeks after the surgery.
  • You should avoid driving until your catheter is removed and you’re no longer taking prescription pain medications.

TURP Surgery - Risk & Complications

In most of the cases, TURP surgery is a safe procedure and the risk of serious complications is very less. However some risks of TURP may include:

  • Temporary difficulty urinating
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Dry orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Difficulty holding urine
  • Low sodium in the blood
  • Need for re treatment

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