Enlarged prostate leads to several urinary related issues. Transurethral resection of prostrate is a surgical treatment that combines both operational instruments and visual assistance for carrying out the surgery. TURP procedure uses an instrument called resectoscope is put through the tip of the penis to get easy access to the prostate that surrounds the urethra.
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TURP (trans urethral resection of prostate) is a procedure followed to cut away a portion of the prostate. The prostate is a small gland positioned between the bladder and the penis. An enlarged prostate puts pressure on the urethra and the bladder, thus blocking normal flow or urine.
TURP procedure is used to treat various symptoms of an enlarged prostate that include problems with urinating, urge to urinate, weak passing of urine, strain in passing of urine, frequent urge to urinate, feeling of a full bladder, etc. In other words, TURP is used for the treatment of an enlarged prostate (usually benign prostate hyperplasia) that causes problems with urination.
TURP is also done to prevent or treat complications arising from blocked urine. The complications include blood in urine, recurring urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, inability to control urine, etc. Before you go through the TURP procedure, this is how you prepare:
TURP takes 60-90 minutes to perform. Before the operation, you are given general anaesthesia to help you sleep through the procedure or spinal anaesthesia to let you stay conscious, but feel no pain during the surgery. You may be given a dose of antibiotics just before TURP surgery.
After TURP procedure, you are likely to stay 1-2 days more. A catheter is left in the bladder to help passing of urine in the next 24-48 hours after the surgery. Doctors remove the catheter once the swelling subsides and you are able to urinate normally.
Do not worry if you see blood in urine or notice any irritating urinary symptoms. Listen to your doctor’s advice to ensure quicker recovery from TURP. For instance, drink plenty of water, resume taking blood thinning medicines (as advised by your doctor), eat high-fibre foods, hold off sex for 4-6 weeks, avoid strenuous activities and avoid driving for almost six weeks after the surgery. Follow-up appointments are required to help your doctor evaluate your progress and recovery.