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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

    About the Treatment

    Transurethral Resection of the Prostrate (TURP) aids in treating urinary flow problems due to excessive prostrate tissues that lead to an enlarged prostate gland. Based on the patient's medical condition, size of prostate and reason for enlargement, one of the following procedures is selected for the resection surgery

    • Open Prostatectomy
    • Transurethral Electrovaportization (TUVP)
    • Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA)
    • Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT)
    • Laser Prostatectomy

  • The patient has to undergo an extensive physical examination to check the patients' urethra and bladder.
  • Use of blood-thinning medication is stopped several days before the procedure.
  • The patient should be empty stomach before the procedure.

Transurethral Resection of the Prostrate (TURP) is done under general or spinal anaesthesia and lasts up to 1-2 hours. A resectoscope (thin, long scope) is inserted through the penis to treat the excessive tissues causing prostate enlargement.

  • Open Prostatectomy- is done by making an incision near the navel to remove the excess tissues.
  • Transurethral Electrovaprorization- excess tissues are resected by passing an electric current through the scope.
  • Transurethral Needle Ablation- High-frequency sound waves are used to heat the needles that are passed through the prostrate. These sound waves heat the needles that aid in cutting the excessive tissues.  
  • Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy- a microwave scope is used to remove the tissues by passing heat through the scope.
  • Laser Prostatectomy- is done by passing laser beams through the scope to melt or cut the excessive tissues.

  • The patient may experience painful urination or blood in the urine.
  • The patient can resume all normal activities after 6-8 weeks (including sexual activity)
  • In Open Prostatectomy, the patient has to stay in the hospital for a few days, and the catheter remains in the patient's bladder for 5-10 days.
  • In other non-invasive procedures, the patient can leave the hospital in a day, and the catheter is removed from the patient's bladder in a few hours.

Specialized healthcare provisions and experienced doctors, minimize the risks and complications associated with the procedure. However, a patient should be aware of all possible risks and complications, before undergoing the procedure:

  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia during the procedure.
  • Post procedure infections.
  • Blood loss during the surgery
  • Occasional bleeding in urine for some time
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Difficulty in controlling the passing of urine.

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