TRANSURETHRAL RESECTION OF THE PROSTATE (TURP)
TURP: is the surgery used to treat urinary problems that are caused by Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia(BPH) – an enlarged prostate. The procedure is usually done under a general anaesthetic (you are asleep) or a spinal anaesthetic. During a spinal anaesthetic the lower half of the body and both legs are numb but the patient remains awake.
The procedure is performed by passing a telescopic instrument in through the eye of the penis and down the urethra into the area of the prostate. A special instrument is then used to remove tissue from the prostate which is sent for further testing (histopathology). A catheter is then inserted to remove blood and debris and will remain in place for a few days.
You may be in hospital for two or three nights.