What happens in transurethral resection of the prostate?

What happens in transurethral resection of the prostate?

In transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a combined visual and surgical instrument (resectoscope) is inserted through the urethra where it’s surrounded by prostate tissue. An electrical loop cuts away excess prostate tissue to improve urine flow. You’ll likely stay in the hospital for one to two days.

What is most common complication of transurethral resection of the prostate?

Retrograde ejaculation is the most common long-term complication of TURP and can occur in as many as 65 to 75% of men.

Who is not a candidate for TURP?

Patients who are not surgical candidates, either because they are unable to tolerate general anesthesia or because their prostates are too big. Patients who do not want a transurethral procedure, or are afraid of impotence, incontinence, or retrograde ejaculation. These are far more common after TURP.

How many days rest after TURP surgery?

Returning to your normal activities It usually takes between 3 and 4 weeks to fully recover from a TURP. Your surgeon or GP will advise you about when it’s safe to return to your normal activities.

Is TURP the gold standard?

Introduction: For many years, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) has been accepted as the gold standard to surgically alleviate obstructive voiding dysfunction in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

How long do you need a catheter after prostate surgery?

Urine Catheter/Urinary Control The catheter will remain for approximately six to nine days after the operation. We will attach the catheter to a leg bag that you can hide under your pants. At nighttime, we recommend that you switch to a regular urinary bag that you place on the side of the bed.

Who is a good candidate for TURP?

TURP can be performed on men with urinary outflow obstruction caused by an enlarged prostate/BPH. It can be done on men with chronic medical conditions, and of advanced age, as an alternative to more invasive robotic or open BPH surgeries. It is particularly indicated in men with prostates up to 120 cc.

How do you care for someone after prostate surgery?


  1. Please refrain from driving for 1 week after your surgery.
  2. Avoid climbing stairs as a form of exercise.
  3. Avoid sitting still in one position for too long (more than 45 minutes)
  4. Avoid bathtubs, swimming pools, hot tubs or otherwise submerging yourself in water for as long as the catheter is in place.

How do you shower with a catheter in?

Leave your bag or valve attached to the catheter while showering. If you have a leg bag, it must be kept below the level of your bladder at all times. Sometimes you may get urine leaking down the urethra. This is nothing to worry about but contact your doctor or nurse to get further advice.

What are the do’s and don’ts after prostate surgery?

Get plenty of rest and don’t overdo it. Gradually, you can increase your daily activities. But make sure you get up and walk around at least six times a day. In general, most people resume normal activities within 10 days and full activity within 3 to 4 weeks.