TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF THE PROSTATE
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgery to remove the inside part of the prostate gland. It is done in order to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The surgery takes about 1 to 2 hours.
You will be given medicine before surgery so you don’t feel pain. You may get general anesthesia in which you are asleep and pain-free or spinal anesthesia in which you are awake, but numb from the waist and below. The surgeon will insert a scope through the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of the penis.
This instrument is called the resectoscope. A special cutting tool is placed through the scope. It is used to remove the inside part of your prostate gland using electricity.
Your health care provider may recommend this surgery if you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate gland often grows larger as men get older. The larger prostate may cause problems with urinating. Removing part of the prostate gland can often make these symptoms better.
TURP may be recommended if you have:
• Difficulty emptying your bladder
• Frequent urinary tract infections
• Bleeding from the prostate
• Bladder stones with prostate enlargement
• Extremely slow urination
• Damage to the kidneys due to an inability to urinate
• Getting up often at night to urinate
• Bladder control issues due to a large prostate
Before you have surgery, your provider will suggest you make changes in how you eat or drink. You may also be asked to try taking medicine.
Part of your prostate may need to be removed if these steps do not help. TURP is one of the most common types of prostate surgery. Other procedures are also available.
Your provider will consider the following when deciding on the type of surgery:
• Size of your prostate gland
• Your health
• What type of surgery you may want
• The severity of your symptoms