During transurethral resection of prostate (TURP), an instrument was inserted up the urethra to remove a part of the prostate that was blocking the flow of urine. TURP was usually recommended when there is a prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia) which will cause troublesome symptoms & fails to respond to the treatment with any type of medication.

Symptoms which are improved after TURP may includes: problems with starting to urinate, a weak urine flow or urine stopping and starting, have to strain to pass the urine, frequently urination, waking up frequently at the night time to urinate (nocturia), a sudden urge to urinate, being unable to empty the bladder completely.


  • TURP usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. Patient was given either a spinal anesthetic, which will allows awake during the surgery but unable to feel the pain in the area where the operation was done, or a general anesthetic, which will allows patient to sleep. The doctor will also give you a dose of antibiotics which will prevents the infection.

  • A combined surgical and visual and instrument (resectoscope) was inserted into the tip of patients penis & extended by your urethra and into the prostate area.

  • By accessing the prostate by your penis, your doctor doesn’t need to make any incisions on the outside of your body. The resectoscope has a light, valves for controlling the irrigating fluid, & an electrical loop which was used to cut tissue & seal the blood vessels.

  • The doctor will use a resectoscope to trim the tissue from inside of your prostate gland, one small piece at each time. As small pieces of tissue are cut from inside of your prostate, irrigating fluid will carries them into the bladder. They’re removed at the end of the surgery.

  • BPH generally was not a symptom of prostate cancer, & it won’t increase the risk of prostate cancer. Even though, the prostate tissue from your surgery will be sent to a lab to check for the hidden cancer cells or other conditions.