Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia During transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), an instrument is inserted up the urethra to remove the section of the prostate that is blocking urine flow. TURP usually requires hospitalization and is done using a general or spinal anesthetic. 

What To Expect After Surgery

The hospital stay after TURP is commonly 1 to 2 days. Following surgery, a catheter is used to remove blood or blood clots in the bladder that may result from the procedure. When the urine is free of significant bleeding or blood clots, the catheter can be removed and you can go home. Strenuous activity, constipation, and sexual activity should be avoided for about 6 weeks. Symptoms such as frequent urination will continue for a while because of irritation and inflammation caused by the surgery. But they should ease during the first 6 weeks. Why It Is Done Your doctor may recommend TURP if symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have not improved in response to home treatment and medicines. TURP is now the most common surgery used to remove part of an enlarged prostate. Open prostatectomies (in which an incision is made into the abdomen) generally are needed only when the prostate is very large.

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