TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) for Treatment of Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate and BPH

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

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What is TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate)?

TURP stands for transurethral resection of the prostate.  TURP is a surgical procedure performed by passing a special small instrument called “resectoscope” through the urethral opening towards the prostate and into the bladder.  There is no cutting on the skin involved with the TURP procedure.  TURP procedure is designed to partially remove the part of the prostate that blocks the urinary flow.

The entire procedure is performed through the urethral canal.  TURP is performed under general or spinal anesthesia.  The procedure takes 1-2 hours.  Depending on the patient’s underlying characteristics (size of the prostate, age, medical problems), the patient may go home the same day or might need to stay in the hospital, usually 1-3 days after the procedure.

Enlarged prostate

Who performs the TURP procedure?

TURP procedure is performed by urologists. Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is an experienced urologist who has performed many successful TURP procedures for men with urinary problems including urinary retention.

How soon do you remove the catheter after TURP?

A catheter is typically removed anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks after the TURP procedure.  The exact timing depends on the extent of the TURP procedure, size of the prostate, anatomy as well as whether or not there is a history of urinary retention, bleeding or high postvoid residual preoperatively.

What is the recovery time after the TURP procedure?

Usually, the patient will have a catheter in their bladder at the end of the TURP procedure.  Many men with office jobs may be able to go back to work within 2-3 days after the procedure.  The catheter is usually removed anywhere from 2 to 10 days after the procedure.

We advise avoiding strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks after the procedure.  Activity such as biking should be avoided for 4-6 weeks after the procedure to allow complete healing.

After catheter removal, men may experience frequent urination and a burning sensation in the urethra for 2-3 days.  Medications such as Pyridium and Uribel are helpful during this time period.  It should be noted that Pyridium can stain urine with orange color-there is no need to worry.  Uribel can stain urine blue; again no need to worry about blue urine.

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