Transurethral Resection of the Prostate FAQs

Answers from Gilbert’s Leading Urologists

Highly trained specialists at Southeast Valley Urology have provided this list of frequently asked questions concerning the TURP procedure to help educate patients. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call our office in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 924-7333 today!
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What is the TURP Procedure?

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a medical procedure used to treat urinary symptoms caused by BPH (an enlarged prostate).

What Are the Side Effects of the Procedure?

Possible side effects for the procedure can include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Urinary tract Infection
  • Possible need for re-treatment

What Can I Expect to Happen During the Procedure?

To begin the procedure, the doctor will use a very thin tool called a rectoscope that is inserted through the tip of the penis and through the urethra. This allows the doctor to view the prostate and check for any irregularities. Then, the doctor may remove a piece of the prostate tissue as the rectoscope is removed out of the urethra to allow normal urination.

How Do I Schedule the Procedure?

After your initial discussion about the procedure with your urologist, you will receive a call around 3 days after your visit to set a date and ask any pre-procedure questions you may have. You will also be put in touch with a surgery coordinator who can answer any questions you may have leading up to the procedure.

Do I Need to Avoid Eating Before the Procedure?

Yes. As with most surgeries, it’s recommended that you avoid eating a heavy dinner the night before surgery and to avoid drinking fluids (including water) after midnight. For those sticking to specific diets, we recommend consulting with your urologist about any dietary concerns.

Are There Activities I Should Avoid After the Procedure?

Yes. We recommend that you avoid activities that involve strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

What is the Recovery Time for the Procedure?

Typically, the recovery time is 2 weeks after the procedure. Don’t be afraid to take another week or so of time to heal properly if you would feel more comfortable. Don’t rush the process.

Request an Appointment in Gilbert, AZ

If you have been diagnosed with BPH and are in need of treatment, schedule an appointment with a skilled urologist at Southeast Valley Urology today! Call our office in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 924-7333