TURP (prostate surgery)

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. BPH can cause symptoms such as urinary frequency, urgency, weak stream, and difficulty in initiating or maintaining urination. TURP is one of the most common surgical interventions for BPH.


  • TURP is typically recommended for men with BPH who experience significant urinary symptoms that do not respond adequately to medications.


  • Effective Symptom Relief: TURP is known for providing significant improvement in urinary symptoms.
  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure is performed through the urethra, avoiding the need for external incisions.
  • Short Hospital Stay: Most patients can expect a relatively short hospital stay, often just one or two days.
  • Rapid Recovery: Patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks, although full recovery may take longer.


  • Catheter Removal: The catheter is usually removed within a few days to a week after surgery.
  • Postoperative Monitoring: Patients are monitored for any signs of complications, and follow-up appointments are scheduled to assess recovery.
  • Return to Normal Activities: Most patients can gradually resume normal activities, but heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided initially.
  • Follow-Up Care: Regular follow-up with the healthcare provider is essential to monitor long-term outcomes and address any concerns.

TURP remains a widely used and effective procedure for managing moderate to severe symptoms of BPH. However, the choice of treatment depends on individual factors, and patients should discuss the risks and benefits with their healthcare provider before making decisions about their care.