Prostate surgery

Transurethral Resection of prostate

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) refers to a type of prostate surgery which is performed to treat an abnormally enlarged prostate or a condition called Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). TURP is considered as a highly effective option for the treatment of urinary symptoms caused by BPH.

The procedure

TURP usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes. The patient will be administered either a spinal anesthetic or a general anesthetic.

During this procedure, a resectoscope or combined visual and surgical equipment is inserted through the tip of the penis into the urethra, which is surrounded by the prostate. Using the instrument, the doctor cuts off the excess amount of prostate tissue that is disrupting the urine flow and enhances the size of the channel that. This helps you to completely empty your bladder.

After the procedure

Following the surgery, you’ll be required to stay in the hospital for one to two days. The catheter is usually retained in place for a few days.

You could experience pain while urinating or the need to urinate frequently. You may also find blood in your urine. Painful urination often tends to improve within one to four weeks.

Refrain from performing any strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, for four to six weeks. Please abstain from sexual activity for quite a while. After TURP, you should have a digital rectal exam once a year to examine your prostate and screen for prostate cancer. If you find that your urinary symptoms are worsening, do consult your doctor immediately.


Some of the risks or complications can include:

  • Profuse bleeding
  • Low amount of sodium in the blood
  • Experiencing temporary difficulty in urinating
  • Urinary tract infection.
  • Experiencing difficulty in retaining urine.
  • Dry orgasm.
  • Erectile dysfunction.

These side effects usually last for a very brief period.

Authored by Dr N Anandan