A Transurethral resection of the prostate is also known as a (TURP) is an operation performed by an oncologist. It is specifically designed to treat BHP (Benign Prostatic Hypoplasia). The operation requires a medical device (electrocauteryor) to be placed through the urethra which removes tissue in the prostate. This is viewed by many as the most effective treatment of the condition. A patient will need a general anesthetic while a triple lumen catheter is carefully inserted through the urethra. The goal is to drain and irrigate the bladder, once the surgical procedure is complete. The TURP operation outcome is extremely effective with an 80-90% success rate of all BPH patients.
What to Expect After the Surgery
The amount of time an individual will need to recover from a TURP varies from patient to patient. For instance, a special catheter will be inserted into the end of the penis with the goal of draining urine from the bladder into a collection bag. This is known as the Foley catheter. There is a water type balloon filled on one end that is placed inside the bladder. It designed to keep the catheter in place. The catheter is supposed to stay in place for a few days. In some cases, the catheter may cause discomfort and maybe even painful bladder spasms. However, these spasms should dissipate. Another commonality of this procedure in the need to prescribe antibiotics to ensure an infection does not spread. The patient should be aware that it is common to have blood or some form of blood clots in the urine. When the bladder is flushed with water, urine often turns red once the irrigation has stopped. In most bases, the bleeding is normal. It generally stops before a patient leaves the hospital. It is extremely important to continue flushing the bladder. Patients should drink between 8-10 cups of water a day to help increase healing time.
Recovery from a TURP
Most doctors would suggest their patients take it easy for the first few weeks following a TURP. There may be diminishing pain, but all patients should be mindful that the incision will take much longer to heal. Often times, patients feel good, then try to get back to a normal routine sooner than they should. Please understand that this can delay a patient’s recovery period. Often times, sudden movements can cause strain to the incision. A good patient will always consult his doctor before getting back to a normal routine.
Here are a Few Recovery Considerations:
While a patient has gone through TURP surgery, it is important to understand that full recovery will generally take a few months. While most patients feel considerably better when leaving the hospital, there are some complications that may occur. Some of the complication include but may not be limited to: problems urinating, bleeding, incontinence, sexual function, erections, and ejaculation. Your doctor will be able to provide additional information on these concerns and any others you may have as a patient.
This article was designed to provide information about TURP. It should not be construed as medical advice. A patient should always consult a medical professional for any questions or concerns.