Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)


Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a procedure to treat excessive growth of the prostate gland, resulting from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).  BPH is not cancer.  It is a common part of aging. When the prostate gland is enlarged, it can press the urethra and interfere with or block the passage of urine out of the body.

The procedure is performed with a small instrument and a fiberoptic camera that is passed through the natural opening in a man’s penis that he urinates through.  There are no incisions.  New state of the art bipolar technology is used by urology associates to minimize bleeding.  This allows saline (same solution that is in all the cells in the body) to be used for irrigation.  This prevents absorption of irrigation fluid that could cause harmful side effects.

Benefits include:

  • No incisions are needed
  • Can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
  • Immediate removal of excess tissue
  • Can be coupled with other procedures, e.g., removing small bladder stones
  • Symptom relief is immediate and durable