Trans urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) as the name suggests, is a procedure for removing a section of the prostate in males. It is an operation for treating prostate cancer. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a condition due to which the prostate gland in males becomes enlarged.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia usually strikes men in their 50s and this condition is seen more in men reaching their 70s or 80s. BPH leads to squeezing of urethra, thus obstructing passage of urine. TURP is recommended by doctors to relieve the patient of such urinary complications.
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Prostate laser and thermotherapy are two other types of minimally invasive procedures to cure complications in the prostate gland along with TURP. This surgery gets over within 60-90 minutes.
A resectoscope is used to perform TURP surgery. There is a loop of wire in a tube which is heated and then used to cut the problematic section in the prostate. A catheter then flushes away the unwanted pieces of prostate. It is then left inside your body for ease of urination.
Post surgery there is an urge in the patients to urinate frequently. Blood also can be seen in the urine. The patient should immediately contact his doctor if he sees blood clots while passing urine.
Post operation it is necessary for patient to follow few precautions such as, drinking plenty of water to clean the bladder is necessary, avoid rigorous physical activity as also lifting heavy objects, increase intake of fiber rich foods like broccoli, raspberries, almonds, corn, cauliflower etc., avoid medication intake until your doctor asks you to do so.
The patient should ensure to undergo a digital rectal exam every year after his TURP surgery. This is necessary for screening of prostate cancer.