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Trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

Don’t let prostate trouble take control of your life. A trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the quickest way to deal with prostate problems.

Don’t let prostate trouble take control of your life.

It’s important for men to get their prostate checked out. However, if your doctor has recommended a trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP), it’s the quickest way to deal with prostate problems.

What causes prostate troble?

Your prostate gland is an organ that lies under your bladder and surrounds your urethra (tube that carries urine and semen to the tip of your penis).

Prostate trouble is caused by the growth of your prostate gland. It is normal for your prostate gland to get larger with age. If the gland tightens around your urethra it can interrupt the flow of urine from your bladder.

What are the benefits of surgery?

You should get a better flow of urine and improved bladder emptying, and not need to pass urine as often during the night.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

For most men an operation is not essential. There are medications available to treat the condition but this is rarely a permanent solution.

What does the procedure involve?

The operation is performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. The operation usually takes less than an hour.

Your surgeon will place a resectoscope (a small operating telescope) into your urethra and remove enough prostate tissue to relieve the pressure on your urethra.

What complications can happen?

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Problems having an erection
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Incontinence
  • Needing to pass urine more often and sudden urges to pass urine
  • Reduction in fertility
  • Narrowing of your urethra

How soon will I recover?

It’s most likely that you will feel a stinging pain the first few times you pass urine. You should be able to go home after 2 to 3 days, and you should be able to return to work after 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your type of work.

It’s recommended to do regular exercise, which should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising though, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most men make a good recovery, with a large improvement in their symptoms. Your prostate gland can grow larger again and symptoms can come back and be worse.


Having prostate trouble is common. Therefore, if your medication does not help or symptoms are severe, prostate surgery should relieve your symptoms. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.


Authors: Mr John Lemberger FRCS, Dr Caroline Dowling MS FRACS (Urol)

Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved.

TURP prostate reduction surgery

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £6,735 Included £6,735
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £6,935

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