TURP is the gold standard for surgical treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). In this operation, the obstructing part of the prostate gland is removed using a special instrument called the resectoscope, that is inserted via the urinary passage. The amount of prostate tissue removed will depend on the size of the prostate gland.
What are the indications for TURP?
- Recurrent urinary retention
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Recurrent bleeding due to BPH
- Bladder stone formation due to BPH
- Renal insufficiency due to BPH
- Persistent symptoms despite medication
What can you expect after the procedure?
This procedure is done under general or regional anaesthesia, with an average post-operative stay of 2 to 3 days. After the operation, a urinary catheter will be left in place, connected to a continuous bladder washout. This ensures that mild bleeding from the operation will not form clots and cause urinary retention. The urinary catheter is usually removed 1 to 2 days after the operation, after which you can be discharged.