Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was the first ‘keyhole’ operation and is the gold-standard for BPH (enlarged prostate) and remains the standard to which other operations for this are compared. 

What Is TURP?

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)  involves coring out the central part of the prostate to physically enlarge the channel one passes urine through using standard electric current.  It is minimally invasive and is carried out under general anaesthetic.  TURP  is an inpatient procedure with a required stay of 1-2 nights.


Who Is TURP Procedure Suitable For?

It is suitable for all patients with BPH.


Is TURP A Major Operation?

TURP is a major operation performed in theatre and requires a stay of 1-2 days.


How Long Does A TURP Operation Last? (H2)

TURP operation itself takes up to one hour.


How To Prepare For TURP

There is no specific preparation for TURP itself, however as it is performed under general anaesthesia a 6hour fast will be required beforehand.


How Is The TURP Procedure Done? (H2)

The following steps are performed during a TURP surgery:

What Happens After TURP Procedure?

Following a TURP operation, patients are discharged from hospital 48 hours and should avoid heavy physical exercise for 2 weeks. Urinary flow is usually markedly improved immediately but frequency may take 6-12 weeks to completely settle. All patients experience retrograde ejaculation after TURP i.e. sperm going back into the bladder at the time of climax, rather than coming out of the penis and being washed out of the bladder the next time it is emptied.

Can A TURP Be Reversed?

No, a TURP cannot be reversed.


What Are The Risks Of A TURP?

The following risks of TURP may be experienced


Alternative Treatments To TURP

The alternative treatments to TURP are HoLEP, REZUM, Urolift

Click here for TURP patient information from the British Association of Urological Surgeons.