TURP Procedure in Long Island, NY
Dr. David L. Peters is a board certified urologist who specializes in treating male patients who have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. As a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellowship-trained sexual medicine expert, Dr. Peters is able to offer the latest, most advanced medical and surgical therapies for men experiencing urologic and sexual dysfunction. If you have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate and would like to discuss your treatment options, please call (516) 758-8600 and schedule your consultation at our urology clinic in Long Island today.
What is Transurethral Resection of the Prostate?
A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate. This surgery is incredibly effective at relieving symptoms for men that have not had success with medications prescribed to treat their moderate to severe urinary issues.
What to Expect
During a transurethral resection of the prostate, a visual and surgical instrument called a rectoscope is inserted through the tip of the penis into the urethra. Here the physician can obtain a clear visual of the prostate surrounding the urethra. The excess prostate tissue is then removed to reinstate a regular flow of urine through the urethra.
A transurethral resection of the prostate helps to relieve multiple problematic urinary symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) such as:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Slow stream of urination
- Difficulty in beginning urination
- Stopping and starting of the urine stream during urination
- Increased frequency of urination at night
- Constant feeling of an unemptied bladder
- Urinary tract infections
TURP is also commonly used to prevent or treat conditions that can cause a case of blocked urine flow like:
- Bladder stones
- Recurring urinary tract infections
- Inability to urinate
- Damage to the kidneys or bladder
- Blood in the urine
- Inability to control urine
As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks associated with a transurethral resection of the prostate. These potential risks include:
- Temporary difficulty urinating
- Heavy bleeding
- Low levels of sodium in the blood
- Urinary tract infection
- Dry orgasm (also known as retrograde ejaculation)
- Possible need for retreatment
The recovery from a transurethral resection of the prostate typically requires a two day stay in the hospital. During this time the patient will experience swelling of the affected areas and will require a catheter to maintain proper urine flow until the swelling has decreased. Small amounts of blood in the urine along with slight pain upon urination are both common outcomes of a TURP surgery.
Schedule a TURP Consultation in Long Island, NY Today
It is incredibly important to carefully weigh all of these possible risks and benefits before committing to a TURP procedure. To speak with board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist Dr. David Peters, please call (516) 758-8600 and schedule your consultation. For any questions and concerns regarding a transurethral resection of the prostate, please schedule an appointment at our urology clinic in Long Island today.