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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) for the Treatment of Prostate Enlargement

On this page, you will find detailed information about TURP, its purpose, how the procedure is performed, and what to expect during the recovery process. Dr. Jesús Álvarez, a urology specialist, is committed to providing quality medical care and personalized guidance to effectively address prostate enlargement. If you are considering TURP or have concerns about your prostate health, you have come to the right place for reliable information and solutions to enhance your health and well-being.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and receive the necessary support to make informed decisions about your prostate health. Our goal is to provide the best care for your well-being and comfort in this area of male health.

Benefits of Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP):

  • Effective Treatment: TURP is a highly effective procedure for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), relieving urinary symptoms, and improving the patient’s quality of life.

  • Minimally Invasive: TURP is performed through the urethra, without the need for external incisions, resulting in a minimally invasive surgery and faster recovery.

  • Reduction of Urinary Symptoms: TURP helps reduce bothersome symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, such as difficulty urinating, urinary frequency, and weak flow.

  • Improved Urinary Flow: After TURP, patients experience a significant improvement in urine flow, making urination easier.

  • Reduced Risk of Complications: TURP is a safe option with low risks of serious complications, making it a favorable alternative for many patients.

  • Reduced Hospitalization Time: TURP is typically performed as an outpatient procedure or with a short hospital stay, allowing patients to return home soon to continue their recovery.

  • Swift Recovery: Most patients recover quickly after TURP and can resume their daily activities in a short amount of time.

  • Preservation of Sexual Function: Unlike some other procedures for prostate enlargement, TURP generally preserves sexual function.

  • Long-Term Results: TURP offers long-term results, and many patients experience significant improvement in their urinary symptoms for many years after the procedure.

  • Personalized Treatment: TURP can be tailored to the individual needs of each patient, allowing for a personalized approach to treating their prostate enlargement.

Frequently Asked Questions about Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

The TURP is a surgical procedure used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). It is carried out through the urethra using an instrument called a resectoscope to remove the prostatic tissue that obstructs the urine flow.

The symptoms that can indicate the need for a TURP include difficulty urinating, weak urine flow, increased urinary frequency, urgent need to urinate, and a sensation of not fully emptying the bladder.

During the TURP, a resectoscope is inserted through the urethra into the prostate. Subsequently, an electrical tool is used to remove the enlarged prostatic tissue, which relieves the obstruction and improves urinary flow.

The TURP is performed under general or regional anesthesia, which means the patient won’t feel pain during the procedure. You might experience some discomfort or sensations of pressure after the surgery, but this is normal and can be managed with medications.

The recovery time after the TURP can vary depending on the patient. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities within a few days after the procedure. However, it’s recommended to avoid strenuous physical activities and exertion for a few weeks to allow for complete recovery.


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