Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) refers to the surgery for removing enlarged prostate tissue. This is the gold standard for treating blockage of the urethra.
This procedure is generally used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or Prostate Enlargement).
During this procedure, a urologist inserts a resectoscope through the urethra to reach the prostate. There, the doctor cuts pieces of enlarged prostate tissue with a wire loop. Then, special fluid carries the tissue pieces into the bladder. At the end of the procedure, the urologist flushes out the tissue pieces.
After the Procedure
You will need to discuss the follow-up care with your doctor. Thorough at-home care instructions will be provided. Likely, you will go home with a catheter, used during the procedure. You will feel tired and weak for a couple of weeks after going home. You need to stay out of work and avoid lifting heavy objects, doing strenuous exercise, driving and having sex for a few weeks. You may experience some difficulties urinating and some blood in your urine for a few weeks.
If you experience fever, chills, urination problems or changes to urine color, call your care team right away.