TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) Details

TURP stands for (Transurethral resection of the prostate) is a surgical procedure done to alleviate symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate as a result of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or to treat complications associated with blocked urine flow.  The procedure involves removing a portion of the prostate via the urethra.TURP is used most often for non-cancerous blockage, but may also be used in some cases of prostate cancer. It can be performed on men of any age suffering from urinary outflow obstruction caused by an enlarged prostate. Outcomes for this procedure are overwhelmingly positive, and the surgery is minimally invasive. 

TURP is used most often for non-cancerous blockage, but may also be used in some cases of prostate cancer. It can be performed on men of any age suffering from urinary outflow obstruction caused by an enlarged prostate. Outcomes for this procedure are overwhelmingly positive and the surgery is minimally invasive. The patient is given mild dose of general anesthesia and require a short period of hospitalization for 3 to 4 days.

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Before TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate)

Patient has to undergo blood and urine tests, tissue biopsy, chest X-ray, and ECG (Electrocardiogram), if you are above 60. Consulting with a doctor in regard to any symptoms is crucial to make sure; if TURP is right for the patient. Usually the patient has to stop eating and drinking 6-8 hours before surgery and it is important to inform your surgeon if you are taking any anti-coagulant medication.

Please inform your surgeon if you are taking any anti-coagulant medication (e.g. Warfarin, Clopidogrel, Pradexa or Aspirin). You may be required to stop this up to 10 days before surgery.

How it is performed

TURP involves the use of a resectoscope, a device with a light, a camera, and a valve system for irrigating fluids, and an electrical loop used to cut and cauterize tissue. The resectoscope is inserted into the penis via the urethra and the electrical loop is used to trim or cut tissue away from the prostate gland, the irrigation system then uses fluid to flush excess tissue into the bladder from where it can be excreted out. A catheter is also in place during this procedure in order to help drain urine from the bladder. The procedure is done under complete anesthesia so the patient feels nothing and is unconscious during the surgery

Recovery

The patient is usually able to go home after 2-3 days.  The catheter will stay in place for 1-3 days to help drain urine until the patient is able to urinate effectively on their own.  During the recovery period, the doctor may recommend drinking plenty of water, avoiding strenuous activity, abstaining from sex for 4-6 weeks, and avoiding driving until the catheter is removed.  It is important that the patient attends follow-up appointments with their doctor to monitor recovery.

Potential Risks

Some risks of TURP include blood in the urine, difficulty in urinating for a few days after the procedure, lingering pain, urinary tract infection, general bleeding, Erectile dysfunction, Dry orgasm and abnormal ejaculation. 

TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) Hospitals

Zulekha Hospital Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thumbay Hospital

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Vejthani Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand

Zulekha Hospital Sharjah

Sharjah , United Arab Emirates

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