Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

TURP is the gold standard to which other surgeries for BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) are compared.

BPH causes an enlarged prostate, which in turn leads to issues with urination, like frequent urination. The TURP procedure alleviates these urinary issues. TURP is typically very effective at treating issues caused by BPH. Another procedure for BPH is the UroLift System.

What Does the TURP Surgery Entail?

TURP is performed under general and regional anesthetic and takes less than 90 minutes. The surgeon inserts a resectoscope through the urethra into the penis. Then, the surgeon removes the obstructing tissue with an electrical loop on the resectoscope. The debris is then removed by irrigation; urine will eliminate all of it over time.

After the TURP surgery, patients typically stay in the hospital for 3 days. During these few days, a catheter is used to drain urine.

Patients should avoid physical activity and sexual activity for about a month after the surgery. It’s normal for symptoms like frequent urination to proceed for a few weeks after TURP since they are caused by swelling from the surgery.

Most patients are able to return to work and daily life within a month after the TURP procedure.

Questions About BPH or TURP Surgery?

If you have questions about BPH or TURP surgery, contact our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment.