Frequently Asked Questions
What is TURP?
TURP is an abbreviated form of the Transurethral Resection of the Prostate. This procedure is used to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate such as difficulty in urination, reduced urine flow, inability to empty the bladder, etc. This medical procedure utilizes an instrument called as Resectoscope.
What can be the advantages of TURP?
Advantages of TURP are the following:
- Reduces the chances for the formation of bladder stones
- Treats recurrent urinary tract infections [UTI]
- Prevents bladder damage and kidney damage
What are the indications of TURP?
Indications of TURP are the following:
- Inability to empty the bladder or feeling that the bladder is not empty
- Prolonged urination
- Decreased flow of the urine
- Difficulty while urinating
- Urinary tract infections [UTI]
What is the preparation for TURP?
The following are the preparation steps:
- About the risks, complications, and uses of TURP should be discussed with the doctor.
- The patient should inform about past and present medical and medication history to the doctor.
- Before going to this procedure, empty the bladder.
- The doctor may suggest undergoing a few lab tests and other examinations
- The medical condition of the patient may be checked by the doctor before undergoing TURP.
What are the steps involved in the TURP?
TURP involves the following steps:
- The patient will be under anesthetic effect and doesn’t feel any pain during the procedure.
- The resectoscope is slowly inserted from the tip of the penis into the urethra and to the prostate gland.
- With the help of the resectoscope, a small piece of the enlarged prostate gland is trimmed at a time.
- Small pieces of tissue are also cut and sent out with the help of the irrigating fluid.
- The surgical instruments are removed once the procedure is finished.
What is the post-procedure care taken for patients?
- A urinary catheter is placed to avoid the blockage of urine due to the swelling.
- If there is a severe pain while urinating, consult the doctor.
- Avoid driving until the catheter attached is removed.
- Should avoid sex for at least 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
- Should stop smoking as it delays the healing process.
- After completion of the procedure, vital signs will be monitored by the nurses and doctors.
- Should drink plenty of water.
Doctors from which specialty can perform this TURP?
Urologist can perform TURP.
What is the price of TURP in Chennai?
Expenses for TURP in Chennai changes due to the following factors:
- Medical condition of the patient
- Doctor fee
- Admission fee
- Age of the patient
- Type of hospital
- The admission room that you opted for
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc
Minimum amount to be paid in Chennai starts from Rs.28,500
Average charges in Chennai is approximately Rs.82,650
Maximum cost in Chennai rises up to Rs.1,04,500
Is TURP a major or minor procedure?
TURP is considered a minor procedure as it is a minimally invasive procedure.
What is the eligibility criteria for TURP?
- People suffering from severe urinary problems.
- Individuals with benign prostate hyperplasia condition.
What is the ineligibility criteria for TURP?
- Patients who are on medications such as blood thinners, and clotting agents.
- People with an active infection at the site of operation.
- Individuals who are chronic smokers.
What are the risks and complications of TURP?
TURP has the following risks and complications:
- Dry orgasm
- Decreased levels of sodium in the blood
- Difficulty to hold urine
- Heavy bleeding
- Erectile dysfunction
How much time does it take to complete TURP?
TURP may take about 60-90 minutes to complete.
What is the recovery time from TURP?
Recovery time from TURP maybe 6-8 weeks and depends on the health condition of the patient.
What is the success rate of TURP?
A few factors may determine the success rate of TURP and they are:
- Medical condition of the patient
- Experience of the surgeon
- Patient age
However, the success rate of TURP is very high with 1% morbidity.
Does TURP hurt the patient?
The patient doesn't feel any kind of pain during the procedure due to the anesthetic effect.
Is TURP a permanent procedure?
TURP permanently removes the excess prostate but in a few cases, the symptoms of an enlarged prostate can be found.
Is TURP possible to be detected in the future?
TURP involves small incisions and minimally invasive procedure and so it cannot be detected in the future.
Are there any alternatives to TURP?
Alternatives for TURP are:
- Rezum water vapor therapy
- UroLift system
- Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA)
- Transurethral microwave therapy