Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure commonly used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland. TURP is considered the gold standard treatment for BPH and has been performed for many decades with successful outcomes.
During TURP surgery, the patient is usually placed under general or spinal anesthesia. The surgeon inserts a specialized instrument called a resectoscope through the urethra and into the prostate gland.
The surgeon carefully trims away the obstructive prostate tissue that is causing urinary symptoms. The tissue is then removed in small pieces, and bleeding is controlled using various techniques, such as cauterization or laser coagulation. Throughout the procedure, the surgeon can visualize the prostate gland and surrounding structures on a monitor, ensuring precision and safety.
Benefits Of TURP Surgery
TURP provides several benefits for patients with BPH. One of the primary advantages is the significant improvement in urinary symptoms. By removing the obstructive tissue, TURP allows for better urine flow, reduces urinary frequency and urgency, and alleviates difficulties in emptying the bladder. This can greatly improve the patient’s quality of life and relieve bothersome urinary symptoms that may have been affecting daily activities.
Advantage of TURP Surgery
Another advantage of TURP is its long-term efficacy. The procedure provides durable results, with studies showing that the majority of patients experience sustained relief from urinary symptoms for many years following TURP. However, it is important to note that the prostate gland may continue to grow over time, requiring periodic monitoring and potential additional treatments.
TURP is considered a safe procedure
But like any surgery, it carries some risks. Common complications include bleeding, infection, urinary incontinence, retrograde ejaculation (the semen going into the bladder instead of out through the penis), and erectile dysfunction. However, serious complications are rare, especially when performed by experienced urologists in appropriately selected patients.
The recovery period after TURP Surgery
Most patients are able to leave the hospital within a few days, and full recovery can be expected within a few weeks. During the recovery phase, patients may experience some temporary urinary symptoms, such as mild burning or urgency, which gradually subside. It is essential to follow post-operative instructions, including taking prescribed medications, avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous activities, and maintaining proper hydration.
Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a widely used surgical procedure for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). By removing excess prostate tissue, TURP provides significant relief from urinary symptoms, improves urinary flow, and enhances the patient’s quality of life. While it does carry some risks, TURP is generally safe and offers long-term efficacy. As with any medical decision, it is important to consult with a urologist to determine the most appropriate treatment option based on individual circumstances and preferences.
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