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TURP – Prostate Treatments

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a common procedure performed to treat urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, which is a common condition in men as they age. The procedure involves removing a portion of the prostate gland that is obstructing the urethra, which improves urine flow and reduces symptoms such as frequent urination, weak urine stream, and difficulty starting and stopping urination. Benefits of TURP: Improved urine flow: TURP removes the portion of the prostate that is obstructing the urethra, which helps to improve urine flow and reduces the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. Effective: TURP is a highly effective procedure, with long-term results indicating that the majority of patients experience improvement in their urinary symptoms. Minimally invasive: TURP is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed through the urethra, which means that there are no incisions in the skin and the recovery period is typically shorter compared to other surgical procedures. Quick recovery: Most patients can return to normal activities within several weeks after TURP, although the exact recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Reduced risk of complications: TURP has a lower risk of complications compared to other surgical procedures, such as open prostatectomy, and can often be performed on an outpatient basis, reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections. Procedure: Preparation: Before the procedure, the patient will need to undergo a thorough physical examination, including a prostate exam and possibly a urinary flow study. The patient may also need to undergo a pre-operative evaluation to assess their overall health and any underlying medical conditions. Anesthesia: TURP is typically performed under general or spinal anesthesia, and the patient will be unconscious during the procedure. Resection of the prostate: The surgeon will insert a resectoscope, a long, thin instrument with a light and a cutting device, through the urethra and into the prostate. The surgeon will then remove the portion of the prostate that is obstructing the urethra. The removed tissue will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Closure: Once the resection is complete, the surgeon will close the urethra and remove the resectoscope. Recovery: The patient will typically need to stay in the hospital overnight for observation and will be given pain medication and antibiotics to help manage any discomfort or infection. In conclusion, TURP is a highly effective and minimally invasive procedure for treating urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. The procedure offers a quick recovery period and a reduced risk of complications, making it an attractive option for many men. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of TURP with a healthcare provider to determine if it is the right choice for you.