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TURP

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most common surgery for BPH. In the United States, about 150,000 men have TURPs each year. TURP uses electric current or laser light.

After anesthesia, the surgeon inserts a resectoscope through the tip of the penis into the urethra.

The resectoscope has a light, valves for irrigating fluid, and an electrical loop. The loop cuts tissue and seals blood vessels. The removed tissue flushes into the bladder and out of the body. A catheter is placed in the bladder through the penis.

What Are The Benefits, Risks and Side Effects of TURP?

This treatment has excellent outcomes. All treatments are generally compared with it. There are no cuts. The hospital stay is one to two days. The catheter may be removed before you go home. Or it may be removed later as an outpatient. This surgery does require anesthesia. As with any surgery, anesthesia poses a risk.

Who Are Good Candidates for TURP?

Men who require surgery may be good candidates for TURP. It does not remove the entire prostate. There may be less need for further treatment with TURP.