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Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)

The transurethal resection of the prostate, also known as TURP, is a surgery performed on the prostate in order to reduce and relieve urinary symptoms that might be caused due to an enlarged prostate. Usually, an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). During the TURP procedure, the doctor is going to use a small camera attached to the head of a surgical instrument and it is inserted up through the tip of the penis through the tube that carries urine from the bladder (the urethra). The urethra is completely surrounded by the prostate, so using the small camera, also known as a resectoscope, the doctor is able to find the problem that is causing the pressure and trim away the excess prostate tissue that is preventing the flow of urine from the bladder and out the penis.

By trimming this small amount of prostate from the bladder, it is going to significantly reduce any sort of pain or discomfort. It is an excellent method for correcting symptoms that are caused by BPH and it is very important to have this procedure performed early on. The longer it goes, the larger the prostate grows and not only the more painful the process of urination becomes, but it makes it difficult to perform this procedure and trim the prostate in the first place.

Any man who is suffering pain from their prostate and is extremely uncomfortable while urinating is recommended to go see their doctor. This process, while a bit uncomfortable to perform, is far better than dealing with the painful urination. The doctor is also able to check to see how the prostate health is and what the overall shape and size of the prostate is during the process. This way, they can also check for prostate cancer while performing the procedure.

Images of before and after TURP
Images of before and after TURP