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York Hospital

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000 01904 715299 (fax)
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Why choose Nuffield Health York Hospital for your TURP procedure?

'TURP' which is short for transurethral resection of the prostate is an effective method of prostate resection surgery. Men who suffer from an enlarged prostate often struggle to pass urine, experience difficulty emptying their bladders and frequently feel the urge to urinate.

Prostate resection surgery reduces the size of the prostate and symptoms commonly associated with an enlarged prostate. At Nuffield Health York Hospital our experienced team of urology consultants specialise in prostate surgery and can provide you with quick access to TURP surgery in a confidential hospital setting.

By choosing our hospital in York for your men's health treatment, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands possible for care. Our attentive matron led nursing team are available 24 hours a day and ensure that your admission in hospital is stress free.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health York Hospital

If you are interested in prostate resection surgery, we recommend that you book an initial consultation with one of our consultant urologists in York to discuss your symptoms and treatment options available to you.

To arrange a consultation, please call our hospital enquiry team on 01904 894 989. Alternatively, if you fill out a contact form above, we will get back to you at a more appropriate time to arrange a consultation.

What happens during a TURP?

  • TURP is usually performed under spinal anaesthetic and takes less than 1 hour
  • Your surgeon will insert a resectoscope (a small operating telescope with a light) into your urethra (the tube that carries urine from you bladder to your penis) and remove enough prostate tissue to relieve the pressure on your urethra
  • Water is then flushed into the area to clear any debris
  • Your urethra will be swollen and sore after this procedure so a thin tube called a catheter will be inserted into your urethra to allow urine to drain from your bladder
  • You may experience a burning sensation when you first pass urine. This should ease quickly.

After your prostate resection surgery

  • You should be able to go home after 3 - 4 days
  • Most men begin to return to normal activities within a week
  • Do not lift or move anything heavy for at least the first 4 weeks
  • Avoid any strenuous activities such as housework or gardening until released to do so by your surgeon
  • Take over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol if needed
  • You may see some blood in your urine
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help flush out your system
  • You may also feel the need to urinate more often
  • As your bladder and urethra heal this should ease
  • Discuss any return to work with your consultant
  • Most men make a good recovery, with a big improvement in their symptoms

General complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis - DVT).

Specific complications of TURP:

  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Fertility problems
  • Retaining urine
  • Prostate enlargement.
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