Transurethral Prostatectomy (TURP)

TURP is a long-established procedure, in which a hot-wire loop (diathermy) is used to core out a channel of prostate to help the urine flow. The operation is carried out by inserting a camera through the natural passage in the penis and it can be performed under spinal or general anaesthetic. There are some circumstances where a TURP, rather than HoLEP, may be preferable for some men.

The hospital stay is usually 2 nights. The risks of TURP are similar to HoLEP, but there is a higher risk of bleeding, usually a longer hospital stay and an increased risk of tissue regrowth requiring further surgery in the future. Further information can be found at:


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As with any prostate surgery, some loss of urinary control can be expected for the first few days after surgery. It is helpful to start Pelvic floor exercises well before surgery to minimise this problem. There is an excellent information leaflet here:

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