Frequently Asked Questions
What is Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)?
TURP is a medical procedure that treats symptoms of an enlarged prostate such as difficulty in urination, reduced urine flow, inability to empty the bladder, etc. This procedure uses a medical instrument called Resectoscope. It helps in treating Urinary tract infections [UTI], kidney damage and bladder damage.
Who can perform?
A urologist can perform TURP.
What are the applications of TURP?
Applications of TURP are the following:
- Treats recurrent urinary tract infections [UTI]
- Decreases the chances for the formation of bladder stones
- Prevents bladder damage and kidney damage
What are the reasons to get TURP?
To get TURP, the following may be the reasons:
- Decreased urine flow
- Urinary tract infections [UTI]
- Prolonged urination
- Difficulty while urinating
- Inability to empty the bladder or feeling that the bladder is not empty
What are the preparations required for TURP?
The following are the preparation steps:
- The health condition of the patient may be checked by the doctor before undergoing TURP.
- The doctor may suggest undergoing a few lab tests and other examinations
- About the risks, complications, and uses of TURP should be discussed with the doctor.
- Before going to do this procedure, empty the bladder.
- The patient should inform about past and present medical and medication history to the doctor.
What is the stepwise procedure for performing 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?
- Should drink plenty of water.
- A urinary catheter is placed to avoid the blockage of urine due to the swelling.
- Avoid driving until the catheter attached is removed.
- If there is a severe pain while urinating, consult the doctor.
- 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.
How much amount should pay for TURP in Delhi?
Charges for TURP in Delhi may change depending on the factors such as:
- Health condition of the patient
- The admission room that you opted for
- Type of hospital
- Doctor fee
- Post-procedure complications that are involved
- Age of the patient
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc.
- Admission fee
Minimum price in Delhi starts from Rs.30,000
Average expenses in Delhi is approximately Rs.88,000
Maximum cost in Delhi rises up to Rs.2,50,000
Is TURP major or minor procedure?
TURP is considered a minor procedure as it is a minimally invasive procedure.
What is the criteria required for the patients to undergo TURP?
- People with benign prostate hyperplasia condition.
- Patients suffering from severe urinary problems.
Who cannot undergo TURP?
People with an active infection at the site of operation
- Individuals who are chronic smokers.
- Patients who are on medications such as blood thinners, and clotting agents.
What are the risks and complications of TURP?
TURP has the following risks and complications:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased levels of sodium in the blood
- Dry orgasm
- Heavy bleeding
- Difficulty to hold urine
What is the time required to complete TURP?
TURP may take about 60-90 minutes to complete.
What is the complete 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:
- Patient age
- Experience of the surgeon
- The medical condition of the patient
However, the success rate of TURP is very high with 1% morbidity.
Does a patient experience any pain during TURP?
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 it possible to be detected in the future?
TURP cannot be detected in the future as it involves small incisions and a minimally invasive procedure.
What are the alternative methods for TURP?
Alternative methods for TURP are the following:
- Rezum water vapor therapy
- UroLift system
- Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA)
- Transurethral microwave therapy