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Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is surgery to remove the inside part of the prostate gland in order to treat an enlarged prostate.
Related topics include:
TURP; Prostate resection - transurethral
The surgery takes about 1 hour.
You will be given medicine before surgery so you don't feel pain. You may get one of the following:
The surgeon will insert a scope through the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of the penis. This tube is called the urethra. A special cutting tool is placed through the scope. It is used to remove the inside part of your prostate gland using electricity.
Your doctor may recommend this surgery if you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate gland often grows larger as men get older. The larger prostate play causes problems with urinating. Removing part of the prostate gland can often make these symptoms better.
Prostate removal may be recommended if you have:
Before you have surgery, your doctor will suggest you make changes in how you eat or drink. You may also be asked to try taking medicine. Your prostate may need to be removed if these steps do not help. TURP is one of the most common type of prostate surgery. Other procedures are also available.
Your doctor will consider the following when deciding on the type of surgery:
Risks for any surgery are:
Additional risks are:
You will have many visits with your doctor and tests before your surgery. Your visit will include:
If you are a smoker, you should stop several weeks before the surgery. Your doctor or nurse can give you tips on how to do this.
Always tell your doctor or nurse what drugs, vitamins, and other supplements you are taking, even ones you bought without a prescription.
During the weeks before your surgery:
On the day of your surgery:
You will stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days.
After surgery, you will have a small tube, called a Foley catheter, in your bladder to remove urine. The urine will look bloody at first. In most cases, the blood goes away within a few days. Blood can also seep around the catheter. A special solution may be used to flush out the catheter and keep it from getting clogged with blood. The catheter will be removed within 1 to 3 days for most people.
You will be able to go back to eating a normal diet right away.
You will need to stay in bed until the next morning. You will be asked to move around as much as possible after that point.
Your health care team will:
You may need to wear tight stockings and use a breathing device to keep your lungs clear.
You may be given medication to relieve bladder spasms.
TURP relieves symptoms of an enlarged prostate most of the time. You may have burning with urination, blood in your urine, urinate often, and need to urgently urinate.
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Reviewed By: Scott Miller, MD, urologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.