Understanding Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP). This procedure is a common surgical solution for individuals experiencing prostate issues, and this page aims to provide valuable information to help you understand the process and make informed decisions about your healthcare.

What is TURP?

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat conditions such as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), which is the enlargement of the prostate gland.


BPH Symptoms: TURP is often recommended when BPH causes significant urinary problems, including frequent urination, difficulty starting or stopping the flow, and a sense of incomplete emptying.

Procedure Overview

Preparation: Before the surgery, your doctor will provide instructions on how to prepare, which may include dietary adjustments and discontinuing certain medications.
Anesthesia: TURP is typically performed under general or spinal anesthesia.
Resection Process: During the procedure, a thin tube with a lighted camera (cystoscope) is inserted through the urethra to access the prostate. A cutting tool is then used to remove excess prostate tissue, relieving pressure on the urethra.

Benefits of TURP

Improved Urinary Flow: TURP can alleviate symptoms such as a weak urine stream and difficulty emptying the bladder.
Quality of Life: Many individuals experience an improvement in their overall quality of life after TURP.


Hospital Stay: Most patients stay in the hospital for a day or two following TURP.
Postoperative Care: Your doctor will provide instructions for at-home care, including medication, physical activity, and follow-up appointments.

Risks and Complications

Bleeding: While uncommon, some bleeding is normal after TURP.
Infection: Infection risk is minimized with proper hygiene and antibiotic use.
Erectile Dysfunction and Ejaculation Changes: TURP may impact sexual function, and your doctor will discuss potential changes.


Transurethral Resection of the Prostate is a well-established procedure with a high success rate in improving urinary symptoms associated with BPH. If you think TURP may be the right option for you, consult with one of our urologists to discuss your specific situation and determine the best course of action.
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