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Trans urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) for BPH

Trans urethral resection of the prostate is an extremely common surgical treatment used to alleviate the symptoms of prostate enlargement when medications are not working.

Surgery of this type involves the insertion of a small wire into the urethra. The wire is passed through the urethra to the prostate where part of the wire is heated by radio waves and used to remove excess tissue¹.

In most cases TURP is performed under general anaesthetic and patients can expect to leave the hospital after two to three days if there are no complications from the surgery¹.

TURP is considered the gold standard of surgery for BPH.

Trans urethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) for BPH

TUIP is performed in a similar way to TURP, however rather than slices of prostate being removed, TUIP involves making two small incisions widening the urethra which makes it easier to urinate¹.

Trans Urethral Incision of the Prostate (TUIP) is now rarely used as a surgical procedure to relieve the symptoms of BPH. TUIP is more commonly used for patients who do not have prostatic enlargement but who have a bladder neck situated at the top of the prostate which is causing obstruction. These patients are suitable to have a bladder neck incision using TUIP.

Laser prostatectomy for BPH

Similar to TURP, a laser prostatectomy removes portions of the prostate making it smaller so it puts less pressure on the bladder and reduces the discomfort caused by an enlarged prostate. With this form of surgery the laser vaporises the prostate tissue rather than slices it away; this results in a lesser degree of bleeding.

Mr Christopher Eden
Consultant Urologist

Reference:
1. NHS Choices – Prostate enlargement treatments. Date last updated: 13.07.11. Website:
www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Prostate-enlargement/Pages/Treatment.aspx

 

10513 Revised November 2012 

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