The most common surgery for benign prostate hyperplasia: TURP
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP or TUR-P) is the most preferred surgical method for benign prostate enlargement. It is the classical alternative that is accepted as the gold standard in the treatment of prostate enlargements up to 80 ml in volume. Don’t let the fact that it’s called classic mislead you. This surgical method has become much faster and safer with new technologies today.
How is the TUR-P method applied?
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia. Body is entered through the external urinary tract with an instrument called a resectoscope. Resectoscope is a special device with a light, camera and cable at the end. The bladder is checked for the presence of stones or tumors. Then, the part of the urethra blocked by the prostate is cut with the help of a wire within the resectoscope that is moved back and forth by the surgeon.
Since the electric current passes through this wire, most of the bleeding stop at the same time. After the prostate is cut enough to allow urine flow, the cut tissue is first taken to the bladder and then outside by fluid flow.
How many days do you stay in the hospital after TURP surgery?
Patients usually stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days. On the first day of this period, the bladder is washed by a special serum to prevent blood clots and this process continues until the blood flow from the urine stops. The catheter inserted during the operation can be removed on the second or third day after the operation. During this period, the patient’s blood pressure, fever and blood values are monitored. According to the surgeon’s evaluation and the patient’s condition, discharge is performed.
Recovery after TURP procedure
Since TUR-P is an endoscopic surgery, there is no harm in taking a bath even on the first day. In the first few weeks, complaints of burning and bleeding while urinating are normal. At the end of the first month, your daily life can almost completely resume from where it left off. It is recommended that you do not lift weights, do strenuous exercise, and stay away from sex during this first month.
During the healing process, it will be very beneficial to drink plenty of fluids and consume fibrous foods. In addition, you need to protect yourself from the cold, as complaints will increase in cold weather.
How is sexual life after TURP surgery?
Patients can start sexual intercourse after about 4-6 weeks. There is no erectile dysfunction after the surgery, but the probability of no sperm outflow is high (70%). In these cases, sperm production and orgasm is experienced but the semen leaks into the urinary bladder.
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