TURP

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

   

Procedure

  • An endoscopic (telescopic) operation done through the male urethra to resect obstructing prostate tissue. A larger channel is created through the prostate gland and flow is improved.

Anaesthetic

  • Spinal or General anaesthetic

Duration

  • 30-60 minutes
  • 2-3 days stay in hospital

Preparation

  • 6 hours fasting prior
  • Cease Aspirin a week prior
  • Cease Anti platelet medications (Iscover, Plavix) 10 days prior in consultation with your physician

Risks

  • Haematuria - Light intermittent bleeding with mild dysuria (burning during micturition) is expected up to 2 weeks post surgery
  • Retrograde ejaculation (>90%) - Loss of ejaculation is expected. However erections and orgasm are generally unaltered
  • Stricture (2%)
  • Incontinence  (< 0.5%)
  • Urinary tract infection (3%)
  • Recurrent BPH (5%)