Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is surgery to take out a part of your prostate gland. It is done when the prostate gets too large.
The prostate gland is a small organ just below a man's bladder. It makes most of the fluid in semen. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body through the penis.
Your doctor will give you medicine to make you sleep or
feel relaxed. If you are awake during the surgery, you will get medicine to
numb you from the chest down. You will not feel pain.
The doctor puts a thin, lighted tube into your urethra. This is called a resectoscope or scope. It goes in through the opening in your penis. Then the doctor puts small surgical tools through the scope. These are used to remove the part of the prostate that is blocking urine flow. When the doctor is finished, he or she takes out the scope.
This surgery may make it easier for you to urinate. You may have better control when you start and stop your urine stream. And you may feel like you get more relief when you urinate.
Most men go home from the hospital 1 or 2 days after
surgery. You may be able to go back to work or most of your usual routine in
1 to 3 weeks. But for about 6 weeks, you will need to avoid heavy lifting and
activities that might put extra pressure on your bladder.
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
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.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your surgery.
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Current as of:
May 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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