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A doctor explains TURP to a patient

TURP, or transurethral resection of the prostate, is a surgical technique in which small portions of the prostate gland are removed through the penis. This procedure requires no external incision, unlike nearly every other prostate surgery. However, while other prostate surgeries are typically performed with the intention of removing the entire tumor from the body, a TURP is generally only performed to alleviate symptoms. For example, if a patient is having difficulties passing urine due to an enlarged prostate gland, his oncologist may recommend a TURP to help make urination easier. The surgery is done in an operating room and can be done under general anesthesia or with an epidural. Most men are able to go home a few days after the procedure.

Transurethral resection of the prostate is just one of the prostate cancer surgery options offered by Moffitt Cancer Center. Committed to comprehensive patient care, our surgical team is here to provide:

  • Individualized assessments of a patient’s specific needs – Each patient’s case will be assessed by a multispecialty team of surgeons, physicians, medical and radiation oncologists and other medical professionals. This team will work together to determine if a TURP is a proper option for the patient’s unique situation.
  • Advanced treatment in our leading-edge operating rooms – Our TURP surgeons are among the most experienced in their field and have access to the latest innovations in surgical technology.
  • Postoperative monitoring and supportive care throughout the duration of recovery – After a patient’s TURP, Moffitt’s surgical team will evaluate the patient for any complications, offer assistance with postsurgical rehabilitation and make recommendations for any other forms of treatment that might be necessary. Patients can also meet with dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, chaplains and educators all in a single, convenient location.

check mark symbol Medically reviewed by Monica Chatwal, MD, Genitourinary Oncology Program

Our expert oncologists can help you determine if a transurethral resection of the prostate would be an appropriate procedure for your specific needs. No referral is required to make an appointment. To learn more about our approach to TURP, call 1-888-663-3488 or request to schedule a visit online.


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