Prostate Rebore – Trans Urethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)

TRANS URETHRAL RESECTION OF PROSTATE (TURP)

Transurethral resection of the prostate is the operation carried out primarily to relieve obstruction of urine passing from the bladder through the urethra. This operation is also known as a “Rebore”.

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The operation is performed by passing a telescopic instrument in through the penis along the urethra and into the area where the prostate gland is obstructing. A special electrode is used to cut away the prostate tissue. At the end of the procedure, a catheter is placed and usually kept in place from between one to three days after surgery. While the catheter is in place irrigating fluid flows in and out of the bladder through the catheter. The purpose of this fluid is to keep the operated area and the bladder clean and free of clots.

POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS OF SURGERY

While the TURP offers high success rates, like any other surgery there are still risks that need to be considered.

RISKS

Bleeding: the risk of having significant bleeding is very small and it is very uncommon to need a blood transfusion. It is not uncommon though, to have blood in your urine for up to a couple of weeks after the operation.

INFECTION: There is a small risk of developing an infection in the urine. This risk is however minimised by routine administration of antibiotics at the time of surgery.

RETROGRADE EJACULATION: most men will experience retrograde ejaculation following a TURP. This means the semen goes into the bladder instead of down the urethra during ejaculation. The semen is passed out when you empty your bladder.

IRRITATIVE URINARY SYMPTIOMS: following surgery it is usual to have frequency of urination and urgency. Initially you might even find it difficult to reach the toilet in time. It is often thought that drinking less will resolve the frequency and urgency symptoms however it can actually add to the problem. It is therefore important to maintain the recommended fluid intake amount while you are experiencing these symptoms.

INCONTINENCE: in less than 0.5 per cent of cases incontinence can occur.

PENILE ERECTION: approximately 1–2 per cent of men who are sexually active before surgery will lose their ability to have a penile erection.

SCAR REMEDIATION MASSAGE OF THE PROSTATE

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