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.
A transurethral resection of the prostate helps to relieve multiple problematic urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as:
TURP is also commonly used to prevent or treat conditions that can cause a case of blocked urine flow like:
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 the physician 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.
As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks associated with a transurethral resection of the prostate. These potential risks include:
It is incredibly important to carefully weigh all of these possible risks and benefits before committing to a TURP procedure. To speak with a urologist of Urology Specialists of Oregon about your questions and concerns regarding a transurethral resection of the prostate, please schedule an appointment by giving our office a call today at (541) 322-5753 or complete our secure form.