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Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure used to treat urinary problems caused due to enlarged prostate gland, a medical condition called BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). Excess prostate tissues that prevents flow of urine are removed in the surgery.
Prostate gland an exocrine gland of the male reproductive system is situated on the lower abdomen underneath the urinary bladder. It produces necessary fluids that carry sperm.
Prostate Resection Surgery can be performed via various techniques. The technique depends on the size of prostate, cause of enlargement and medical condition of the patient.
Open Prostatectomy is generally performed in case of severely enlarge prostate, bladder stones and bleeding from prostate. Otherwise, minimally invasive procedures are performed.
Indications of enlarged prostate are
Before surgery, your doctor will conduct some tests to check your bladder and urethra.
You may be asked not to eat or drink a few hours before the procedure.
Inform your doctor in case you’re put on any medication, especially if any blood thinning medication is being taken by you.
TURP is performed under general or spinal anesthesia. The procedure lasts about 1 to 2 hours depending on the type of technique used by your doctor.
During the surgery
If open surgery is conduted a catheter will remain in your bladder for about 5 to 10 days, in case of minimally invasive techniques the catheter will be insterted for a few hours.
After open prostatectomy, the patients have to stay back in hospital for a few days while in other cases the patients can go back home in a day.
You can also expect the following
You will not be able to drive for a 7 to 10 day. You can resume normal routine (including sexual activites) after 6 to 8 weeks.
Risks of Prostate Resection Surgery include