Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. This surgery is incredibly effective at relieving symptoms for men that have not had success with medications prescribed to treat their moderate to severe urinary issues.
Symptoms Treated by TURP
A transurethral resection of the prostate helps to relieve multiple problematic urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Slow stream of urination
- Difficulty in beginning urination
- Stopping and starting of the urine stream during urination
- Increased frequency of urination at night
- Constant feeling of an unempty bladder
- Urinary tract infections
TURP is also commonly used to prevent or treat conditions that can cause a case of blocked urine flow like:
- Bladder stones
- Recurring urinary tract infections
- Inability to urinate
- Damage to the kidneys or bladder
- Blood in the urine
- Inability to control urine
What to Expect
During a transurethral resection of the prostate, a visual and surgical instrument called a rectoscope is inserted through the tip of the penis into the urethra. Here, Dr. Richard Levin can obtain a clear visual of the prostate surrounding the urethra. The excess prostate tissue is then removed to reinstate a regular flow of urine through the urethra.
The recovery from a transurethral resection of the prostate typically requires a two day stay in the hospital. During this time the patient will experience swelling of the affected areas and will require a catheter to maintain proper urine flow until the swelling has decreased. Small amounts of blood in the urine along with slight pain upon urination are both common outcomes of a TURP surgery.
Risks Associated With TURP
As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks associated with a transurethral resection of the prostate. These potential risks include:
- Temporary difficulty urinating
- Heavy bleeding
- Low levels of sodium in the blood
- Urinary tract infection
- Dry orgasm (also known as retrograde ejaculation)
- Possible need for retreatment
It is incredibly important to carefully weigh all of these possible risks and benefits before committing to a TURP procedure.