Cystoscopy/Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

Transurethral resection of the prostate is used a procedure for men who have severe benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also known as an enlarged prostate.

This procedure relieves lower urinary tract symptoms for many men. It also provides relief for men who have larger prostates and more agitating symptoms.

You first will be given a spinal or general anesthetic. Then an instrument, a resectocope, is inserted into the urethra through the penis.

During the surgery, the doctor will use the instrument to remove excess tissue from the interior of the prostate, which creates a cavity. The tissue will then be flushed out with liquid at the end of the operation.

The surgery can take 60 to 90 minutes.

You should expect blood or blood clots in your urine after the operation and will probably need a urinary catheter for a few days while in the hospital.

You may also have an urge to urinate often or experience painful urination. This should improve with time.

Your doctor will design a recovery and back-to-work plan for you.