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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

A transurethral resection of the prostate gland is often referred to as TURP and is used as a treatment for severe cases of benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. BPH occurs when the prostate gland begins to enlarge due to the natural process of aging. The prostate’s enlargement however can cause urinary side effects that interfere with daily life. Some side effects include urinary frequency and urinary urgency which can make long car rides or trying to sleep through the night difficult. If a man has to get up more than several times a night to urinate or avoids situations where bathrooms will not be readily available, he should speak to his doctor about the transurethral resection of the prostate gland. TURP uses a cystoscope that is inserted into the urethra. The doctor is able to see the prostate gland which surround the urethra as it enters the bladder. The doctor inserts a cutting a begins to cut "chips" out if the prostate gland. The result is a wider passage for urine to exit the body. Men who have undergone transurethral resection of the prostate gland may not be eligible for certain types of treatment. Brachytherapy and cryotherapy treatments are both prostate cancer treatments which require sufficient prostatic tissue to be effective.




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