What is Trans-Urethral Resection of Prostate?

Trans-Urethral Resection of Prostate or TURP, is an operation where a small rigid scope is introduced into the man’s urethra, and using a electrical energy, small portions of the prostate are shaved away to produce a larger channel for the year to flow through. Trans-Urethral Resection of Prostate or (TURP) has also been called to the Roto-Rooter operation and has several iterations. Most recently, the “Button TURP” has been developed which is designed to vaporize the prostatic tissue and decrease bleeding during this operation. Dr. Ebrahimi who is a fellowship trained endourologist, and trained in Loma Linda University, the Institute where TURP was initially described, explains that Trans-Urethral Resection of Prostate or TURP is a difficult procedure to master. This procedure combines many skills of urology, and is very effective in treating male urinary obstruction.

What are the risks of Trans-Urethral Resection of Prostate?

The most significant risks of TURP is bleeding. Because the urinary sphincter resides as the apex of the prostate, unintentional damage to this area could cause urinary incontinence. This procedure may be performed under general or regional anesthesia and may have some risks associated from that perspective as well.

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