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Transurethral Prostatectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about a transurethral prostatectomy (TURP)?

A TURP is surgery to remove part or all of your prostate gland. This surgery is also called transurethral resection of the prostate.

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How do I prepare for a TURP?

What will happen during a TURP?

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The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What should I expect after a TURP?

A Foley catheter is inserted to drain urine into a bag. Your healthcare provider will tell you how to clean around the catheter if you go home with one. You will need to clean the area 2 times a day to prevent infection. You may have feelings of urgency and difficulty controlling your urine. You may have pain when you urinate and also a small amount of blood in your urine. You may also have a problem getting an erection and keeping one.

What are the risks of a TURP?

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