Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is surgery to remove a section of the prostate gland. This is done when the prostate gland has grown too large. The prostate gland is a walnut-sized organ in men that grows around the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder, through the penis, to outside the body. The prostate gland produces most of the fluid in semen.
You may need a urinary catheter for a short time. A urinary catheter is a flexible plastic tube used to drain urine
from your bladder when you cannot urinate on your own. If it is still in place when you go home, your doctor will
give you instructions on how to care for your catheter.
For several days after surgery, you may feel burning when you urinate. Your urine may be pink for 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. You also may have bladder cramps, or spasms. Your doctor may give you medicine to help control the spasms.
You may still feel like you need to urinate often in the weeks after your surgery. It often takes up to 6 weeks for this to get better. Once you have healed, you may have less trouble urinating. You may have better control over starting and stopping your urine stream and feel like you get more relief when you urinate.
Most men can return to work or many of their usual activities in 1 to 3 weeks. But for about 6 weeks, try to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities that might put extra pressure on your bladder.
Most men still can have erections after surgery (if they were able to have them before surgery), but they may not ejaculate when they have an orgasm. Semen may go into the bladder instead of out through the penis. This is called retrograde ejaculation. This does not hurt and is not harmful to your health. But it may mean that you will not be able to father a child. If this is a concern, talk to your doctor about saving your sperm before the surgery.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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