TURP is performed under general anesthesia (you’re asleep) or spinal anesthesia (you’re conscious but won’t feel anything) and typically takes about 60-90 minutes. Your doctor will use a resectoscope — a device that allows your doctor to see inside and remove the tissue. The scope will be inserted through your urethra and into the prostate area. There, the doctor will trim away portions of the prostate that are giving you trouble.
You can expect to stay in the hospital one or two days after the procedure.
When compared to a similar procedure to remove obstructive prostate tissue — photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) — TURP requires a longer hospital stay and can seem more invasive. Ideal candidates for TURP include men who:
Talk to your doctor to see which procedure will work best for you.