Transurethral Resection of the Prostate – TURP

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate - TURP

An enlargement of the prostate in men can lead to urinary issues like frequency and difficulty urinating.

TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) is a type of surgery that can help resolve urinary problems that are caused by an enlarged prostate. This procedure is recommended if medication hasn’t been effective.

How is it performed?

  • An anaesthesiologist will administer general or local anaesthetic to you. This will ensure you do not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
  • A resectoscope is the main device used during this procedure. It is a thin tube with a camera and light attached to the end.
  • The resectoscope is inserted through your urethra until it reaches the prostate. This will avoid making incisions in the skin.
  • The resectoscope includes a loop of wire at the end. Once the tube reaches the prostate, this loop of wire is heated using an electric current and is used to cut away a portion of the prostate.
  • After this, a catheter is inserted through the urethra and pumps fluid into the area. This fluid is used to remove the pieces of prostate that have been cut.

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