Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. This surgery is incredibly effective at relieving symptoms for men that have not had success with medications prescribed to treat their moderate to severe urinary issues, or even with other surgical treatment methods.

What Symptoms Can Be Treated with TURP?

A transurethral resection of the prostate helps to relieve multiple problematic urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as:

  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Slow stream of urination
  • Difficulty in beginning urination
  • Stopping and starting of the urine stream during urination
  • Increased frequency of urination at night
  • Constant feeling of an unempty bladder
  • Recurring urinary tract infections

TURP is also commonly used to prevent or treat conditions that can cause a case of blocked urine flow like:

  • Bladder stones
  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Inability to urinate
  • Damage to the kidneys or bladder
  • Blood in the urine
  • Inability to control urine

What Happens During a TURP Procedure?

During a transurethral resection of the prostate, a visual and surgical instrument called a rectoscope is inserted through the tip of the penis into the urethra. Here the physician can obtain a clear visual of the prostate surrounding the urethra. The excess prostate tissue is then removed to reinstate a regular flow of urine through the urethra.

TURP Recovery

The recovery from a transurethral resection of the prostate typically requires a two day stay in the hospital. During this time the patient will experience swelling of the affected areas and will require a catheter to maintain proper urine flow until the swelling has decreased. Small amounts of blood in the urine along with slight pain upon urination are both common outcomes of a TURP surgery.

Risks Associated with TURP

As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks associated with a transurethral resection of the prostate. These potential risks include:

  • Temporary difficulty urinating
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Incontinence
  • Low levels of sodium in the blood
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Dry orgasm (also known as retrograde ejaculation)
  • Possible need for retreatment

It is incredibly important to carefully weigh all of these possible risks and benefits before committing to a TURP procedure. To speak with Dr. Joseph Banno about your questions and concerns regarding a transurethral resection of the prostate, please schedule an appointment by calling Midwest Urological Group today at (309) 692-9898

COVID-19 Update

We regret to announce that Dr. Banno has contracted COVID-19 and will not be in the office for the month of October. Midwest Urological Group has been serving the patients of Central Illinois for over 40 years, and we are committed to continuing to provide quality care. Our entire staff has been tested, and we are taking every precaution to ensure your health and safety. We have several providers in the office who are able to see patients at this time. Dr. Banno’s health must be his priority right now so that he can recover and continue to serve the community. He is gaining strength every day, but it will be a long road to recovery. Thank you for understanding. Please contact the office at 309-692-9898 if you have any questions or concerns.