is a slender instrument used to perform resections.
A resection is the surgical removal an organ or part
of an organ. The resectoscope allows the surgeon to
perform a resection without an incision other than that
made by the instrument. In transurethral resection of
the prostate (TURP), the surgeon performing the resection
will actually use the urethra as the point of entry
thereby bypassing the need for an incision. Men who
have undergone TURP for the treatment of benign prostatic
hyperplasia may not be eligible for prostate cancer
treatments such as brachytherapy and cryotherapy.