Each year, up to 150,000 American men undergo transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). This surgical procedure treats moderate to severe urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. At Comprehensive Urology in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the board-certified urologists have years of experience performing TURP procedures. Call the office today and make an appointment or book online to learn more.
TURP is a minimally invasive procedure that treats an enlarged prostate.
During treatment, your Comprehensive Urology provider inserts a tube called a resectoscope into your urethra (the opening at the end of your penis). The scope has a camera and a light on its end, helping your provider see your prostate.
The scope also has a tool for removing excess tissue. Reducing the size of your prostate relieves pressure on your urethra, minimizing uncomfortable urinary symptoms.
Consider a TURP procedure at Comprehensive Urology if you experience any of the following symptoms:
If you have an enlarged prostate, you might also feel like you can’t empty your bladder.
During your TURP consultation, let your Comprehensive Urology provider know if you take any prescription medication, like blood thinners. You should also tell them about any underlying health problems or allergies. Your provider might prescribe an antibiotic before surgery to reduce your risk of a urinary tract infection.
A TURP procedure takes 60-90 minutes to complete.
You lie on an exam table, and your provider administers a general anesthetic, putting you to sleep. Once you’re comfortable, they insert the tip of the resectoscope through your urethra and into your prostate area.
Your provider views a TV monitor in the operating suite, carefully removing excess pieces of prostate tissue. Irrigating fluid carries the tissue into your bladder, which is flushed at the operation’s end.
After cutting away the excess tissue, your provider removes the resectoscope and moves you to a recovery room for observation.
After a TURP procedure, you stay in the hospital for several days. During that time, it’s normal to experience blood in your urine and other irritating urinary symptoms.
To speed your recovery, drink plenty of water, eat high-fiber foods, and avoid strenuous activity. You should also refrain from sex for 4-6 weeks until you fully recover.
To see if you can benefit from a TURP procedure, make an appointment at Comprehensive Urology by calling the office or booking online today.