A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was a surgical method that involves cutting away a section of the prostate.

The prostate was a small gland located in the pelvis only seen in men. It’s located in between the penis and bladder, and surrounds the urethra (a tube that which carries urine from the bladder to the penis). If the prostate becomes enlarged, it may create pressure on the bladder & urethra. This may cause symptoms which will affect urination. TURP is usually suggested when prostate enlargement which causes troublesome symptoms & fails to respond to the medications and treatment. Symptoms which will improves after TURP may includes: problems in starting to urinate, a weak urine flow or starting or stopping, have to strain while passing the urine, frequently needs to urinate, waking up frequently in the night time to urinate (nocturia), a sudden urge to urinate, unable to empty the bladder completely.


  • General or spinal anaesthesia was performed during the procedure so you won’t feel any pain while procedure was carried out.
  • TURP was done by using a device called a resectoscope, which was a thin metal tube that contains a light, camera & loop of wire.
  • This will passed along the urethra till it reaches your prostate, which means no incisions will be made on your skin.
  • Then a loop of wire was heated with the electric current & was used to cut off the section of your prostate that was causing the symptoms.
  • A thin tube known as catheter it was then inserted into the urethra to pump the fluid into the bladder & flush off the pieces of prostate that have been removed.