your doctor has recommended that you undergoa trans urethral resection of the prostate - or turp. but what exactly does that mean? the prostate gland is a walnut-sized organthat is part of your reproductive system. it provides some of the fluid contained insemen. the prostate is located just under the bladderand behind the testicles.
penis surgery, the urethra -- a hollow tube that carriesboth urine and semen to the penis -- passes through the prostate. in some men, the prostate gland becomes enlarged.symptoms of an enlarged prostate include: patient education* a full bladder feeling even when the bladder
is empty * pain when urinating * weak urinary stream * infertility * and sexual dysfunction. to relieve you of your symptoms, your doctorfeels that you would benefit from a surgical procedure called turp. turp is designed to relieve symptoms by reducingthe size of the prostate. it is also a diagnostic procedure. tissueremoved during a resection of the prostate
or turp is routinely screened for the presenceof cancer. so make sure that you ask your doctor to carefullyexplain the reasons behind this recommendation. your doctor will then lift your penis upward. a well-lubricated instrument called a resectoscopeis then gently inserted into the urethra. when the resectoscope reaches the back ofthe penis, your doctor will pull the penis downward in order to create a straight pathinto the prostate. using this tool, your doctor will then scrapeexcess tissue from the prostate, restoring it to its normal size.
tissue removed from the prostate may be senta laboratory for analysis. when the surgery is complete, your doctorwill remove the resectoscope. your doctor will probably ask you to wear a temporaryfoley catheter. a foley catheter is a narrow tube insertedthrough your urethra and into your bladder. the catheter is connected to a bag that isattached to your leg by a strap. while the foley catheter is in place, urine will passfrom your bladder into the bag. you will not need to urinate into a toilet. the nurse will show you how to change thebag when it is full. an appointment will be made for you to return to the doctor's officein a couple of days to have the catheter removed.
as soon as the anesthesia wears off and youfeel comfortable, you'll be allowed to leave.