Transurethral Resection of Prostate

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a traditional surgical procedure performed to alleviate the obstruction from a large prostate. TURP is performed in the hospital setting and involves electro-surgical removal of the prostate through a scope in the penis. This procedure has the advantage, compared with other ablative treatments for BPH, of tissue removal for pathologic analysis. Most patients spend 1-2 days in the hospital after TURP and a catheter is left in place typically 1-7 days. Once the catheter is removed, patients typically experience a significant improvement in the force of urinary stream and improved urinary emptying.