Department of Urology

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

Overview

During a TURP, the urologic surgeon removes enlarged prostate tissue that is blocking the flow of urine leaving the bladder. It is one of the most common surgical procedures performed for treating symptoms or complications caused by BPH.

Description

It is performed using a special scope which is placed in the urethra, so no incisions are required. The surgeon visualizes the obstructing tissue using the scope, and then removes the tissue with electric cautery using a device that fits on the scope. The procedure usually takes about 1 hour, and can be performed under general or spinal anesthesia.

Preoperative Considerations

TURP is offered to patients with symptomatic BPH who do not respond to or tolerate medication, do not want to take medication long term, or develop complications from BPH.