Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)

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Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)

Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP) is a safe and definitive surgical treatment of enlarged prostate (BPH). There is more than 50 years of history behind this approach. It involves the use of a small telescope (cystoscopy) and energy source to remove the enlarged obstructing prostate tissue, creating an open prostatic urethra (channel). As a result, the bothersome symptoms of enlarged prostate (BPH) can be eliminated or reduced significantly.

Doctors Shekib Shahbaz and Tony de Sousa of Melbourne Urology Centre are highly experienced in this procedure. They offer a personalized service and can discuss your options including suitability for this treatment option.

Who should consider TURP?

  • Those experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of prostate enlargement (BPH)
    • Weak stream of urine
    • Incomplete emptying of the bladder
    • Stop and start when urinating
    • Straining to begin urination
    • An increased need to urinate
    • Interrupted sleep because of the need to urinate
    • Complications of enlarged prostate
  • Those who have enlarged prostate symptoms and failed minimally-invasive treatment options
  • Those whose prostate anatomy is not appropriate for other treatment options
  • Those who have failed medical therapy, don’t want to take medication or have had side effects
  • Those who want to improve their quality of life to what it was before BPH symptoms

Advantages of TURP

TURP is a definitive surgical treatment for enlarged prostate (BPH) for the relief of bothersome urinary symptoms:

  • Standard treatment against which all other treatments are compared
  • Consistent results with more than 50 years data available
  • Durable improvement in urinary symptoms with low revision rates
  • Quick recovery with minimal down-time after surgery
  • Eliminates the need for lifelong use of medications

What to expect?

TURP takes between 20 minutes to an hour to complete. It is performed under general (or spinal) anaesthetic. Patients should expect to remain in hospital with a catheter for 1-2 nights.

The recovery is done at home and in most cases ‘light’ normal activities can be resumed as soon as 3-5 days post procedure. Complete recovery can take up to six weeks in which time strenuous activity should be avoided.

The most common side effects include discomfort or burning with urination, blood in the urine, urgent need to urinate and/or difficulty controlling the urge. Most of these symptoms generally subside within the first two weeks following procedure.

Are you suitable for TURP?

Melbourne Urology Centre offers TURP in Melbourne to local and interstate patients. Your case will be thoroughly evaluated including discussion of other appropriate management options. We offer a full range of surgical options for enlarged prostate (BPH), including:

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