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Is TURP A Major Surgery?


TURP is a major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options.

What are the complications of TURP?

What are the risks of a TURP?

  • Bladder injury.
  • Bleeding.
  • Blood in the urine after surgery.
  • Electrolyte abnormalities.
  • Infection.
  • Loss of erections.
  • Painful or difficult urination.
  • Retrograde ejaculation (when ejaculate goes into the bladder and not out the penis)

What is the success rate of TURP surgery?

TURP is an efficient procedure, which was also proven in this cohort. At discharge 79.6% of patients were catheter free and this percentage increased to 92.6% at 3 months. Success rates at both time points were higher in fit patients: 80.9 vs. 75% and 95.2 vs.

Is TURP a cancer?

Transurethral resection of the prostate is just one of the prostate cancer surgery options offered by Moffitt Cancer Center.

How painful is TURP surgery?

You shouldn’t experience any severe pain, but there may be some discomfort and bladder spasms (contractions) from the catheter, which is left in place because your urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) will be swollen and sore.

How much of the prostate is removed during TURP?

While enlargement of the prostate happens to most men, fewer than 10% will require surgery. The TURP procedure cannot be used to cure prostate cancer because it removes only the parts of the prostate closest to the urethra, while leaving the majority of the gland intact.

What is the most common complication of TURP?

Retrograde ejaculation is the most common long-term complication of TURP and can occur in as many as 90% of cases.

How long does burning last after TURP?

These symptoms should resolve after a 4-6 week period. A stinging or burning sensation at the tip of the penis, where the catheter enters. This is generally due to irritation, and may be relieved by increasing fluid intake or ensuring the catheter is well supported.


Can prostate grow back after TURP?

It is known that the prostate starts to grow again after surgery and about one in ten men need a repeat procedure within ten years of having TURP.

How can I clean my prostate?

10 diet & exercise tips for prostate health

  1. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  2. Choose whole-grain bread instead of white bread and choose whole-grain pasta and cereals.
  3. Limit your consumption of red meat, including beef, pork, lamb, and goat, and processed meats, such as bologna and hot dogs.

Why do you need a catheter after prostate surgery?

When you have prostate cancer you may need a urinary catheter to help your bladder or urethra heal or to help lessen the side effects (or unwanted changes in your body) from treatment. It is very common for men with prostate cancer to need a urinary catheter at some point during or after their treatment.

Is TURP still the gold standard?

TURP is still the gold standard even now for small to moderate sized prostate glands which comprise the vast majority of cases in any urology practice. HoLEP has not been able to replace TURP as the gold standard in this regard.

Is TURP a cancer treatment?

This is called trans urethral resection of the prostate (TUR or TURP). TURP doesn’t cure prostate cancer but can help to relieve its symptoms. Surgeons can also use laser surgery to remove the prostate tissue.

What is the benefit of TURP?

TURP helps reduce urinary symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including: Frequent, urgent need to urinate. Difficulty starting urination. Slow (prolonged) urination.

Can TURP cause prostate cancer to spread?

Prostate cancer is seldom spread by invasive procedures such as biopsies, prostatectomy, TURP, LDR brachytherapy, HDR brachytherapy, or insertion of fiducials for image-guided radiotherapy. We know this because those procedures have high cure rates.

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