What is a prostate surgery? - Tees Valley Hospital, Middlesborough

Prostate Surgery (TURP)

TURP Treatment

Transurethral resection of the prostate, TURP, is surgery to remove part of a man’s enlarged prostate gland that is causing urinary problems.

What is a Prostate surgery?

A prostate surgery is a procedure performed by your surgeon that uses a combined visual and surgical instrument, called a resectoscope, to trim away excess prostate tissue that is blocking your urine flow.
The term transurethral resection of the prostate describes the surgery. Transurethral is how your surgeon reaches your prostate as they pass instruments through your urethra and resected means removed.

Your prostate lies underneath your bladder and surrounds your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder to your penis. An enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can place pressure on your bladder and urethra and cause the following symptoms:

difficulty starting to urinate
a weak urine flow such as straining or stopping and starting when urinating
frequent or urgent need to urinate
waking up often during the night to urinate
feeling like you can’t completely empty your bladder

If conservative treatment for these symptoms has not been successful, your doctor may recommend transurethral resection of your prostate (TURP).

What does the prostate surgery involve? 

Prostate surgery is performed under general or spinal anaesthesia and typically takes 60 to 90 minutes. 

A thin metal tube with a light source, camera and loop of wire, known as a resectoscope, is inserted into the tip of your penis and passed along your urethra to your prostate area. Your doctor will not make any cuts in your skin.

The loop of wire heats up when it reaches your prostate and your doctor will use it to trim tissue from the inside of your prostate gland. Fluid is then pumped into the area through a catheter to flush away pieces of prostate that have been removed.

Prostate Surgery Recovery

You should be able to go home after one to three days following your operation.

Your urethra will be swollen and sore so the catheter used during the operation will be left in place until you leave hospital. You may have some difficulties passing urine once the catheter is removed for a few weeks.

You may feel tired for a week or two after going home and you should take things easy for four to eight weeks.

Your surgeon will advise you on what you can and cannot do. Typically, it’s recommended that you have time off work and, avoid lifting heavy objects, doing strenuous exercise, driving and having sex for at least a few weeks.

What complications can happen after a prostate surgery?

TURP is a safe procedure and carries a very small risk of serious complications. Your surgeon will discuss these in details with you before surgery.

However, many men are unable to ejaculate semen during sex or masturbation, although they still orgasm, after TURP surgery a condition known as retrograde ejaculation. 

Men may experience temporary urinary incontinence for a few weeks after surgery and occasionally it may continue and need further treatment.

Other possible complications include: erectile dysfunction, difficulty urinating and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Prostate Surgery (TURP) with Tees Valley Hospital

At Tees Valley Hospital we frequently perform TURP surgery for men who have an enlarged prostate, often due to natural ageing.

Our surgeons are highly experienced in this procedure to relieve urination symptoms. We offer rapid access to appointments to discuss your treatment options for an enlarged prostate and perform surgery without waiting to improve your quality of life.

Patients at Tees Valley Hospital benefit from the latest facilities of a new and modern hospital including: three laminar flow theatres, a dedicated endoscopy suite, patient pods and en-suite bedrooms. Additionally, we have our competitive guide package prices offer patients affordable quality care.

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