Transurethral Prostate Surgery (TURP)

Transurethral prostate surgery is the removal of an overgrowth of tissue from your prostate gland through a small telescope inserted into the urethra. The urethra is the passageway through which urine passes through the penis. Another term for this procedure is TURP. This procedure is performed at the hospital with a one night stay.

After the hospital:

  • It can take up to three months for your prostate to heal. During this time you can expect to experience frequency, urgency and burning with or after urination, and possibly an occasional loss of urinary control. Blood in your urine can occur; if you experience blood in your urine increase fluid intake and keep off your feet until your urine clears.
  • Do not do any heavy physical activity and do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 2 weeks. You may walk outside and go up and down stairs.
  • Do not allow yourself to get constipated and have to strain to have a bowel movement. If necessary, a stool softener may be used.
  • When riding in a car, you are sitting directly on your prostate, and even a small amount of vibration may start bleeding; therefore no automobile trips for 10 days. In addition, if the urine becomes bloody after this 2 week period, you should avoid riding in the car until it clears.
  • If you are unable to urinate or experience heavy bleeding with clots please call the office.
  • A post-operative visit will be scheduled for 1 month after your procedure.

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