Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the most common surgical procedure for treating symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it can interfere with urine flow, resulting in problems with the urinary tract and potentially the kidneys.
TURP is a surgery during which the surgeon resects the portion of the prostate that is obstructing the urethra and bladder neck causing BPH symptoms. A special surgical instrument is inserted through the urethra, and the surgeon resects the obstructing prostate tissue to treat the blockage. Men typically see improvement in urine flow within a very short period of time.
TURP is associated with about a 5% rate of erectile dysfunction and carries a risk of bleeding and other complications. It typically requires a hospital stay. New, less invasive treatments for BPH are now available, such as laser PVP, that has fewer side effects and may be as effective as TURP.