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Trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

Don’t let prostate trouble take control of your life. A trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the quickest way to deal with prostate problems.

Man holding his genitalia
A trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure to cut away part of your prostate. Your prostate is a small gland in your pelvis. It is located between your penis and bladder and surrounds your urethra (the tube that carries urine from your bladder to your penis). 

TURP is usually performed to treat an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate often puts pressure on your bladder and urethra, which can cause a number of distressing urinary symptoms, including problems when starting to pee, and a sudden urge to pee. 

In removing part of your prostate, TURP helps relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate by releasing pressure placed on your bladder and urethra.

There are several symptoms that indicate you might need TURP, including:

  • Peeing more frequently and urgently
  • Finding it difficult to begin peeing
  • Accidentally leaking pee
  • Straining to pee
  • Needing to pee during the night
  • Difficulty fully emptying your bladder

These symptoms can vary from mild to serve. More persistent symptoms can make going to the toilet a inconvenient and uncomfortable, which can sometimes affect your everyday quality of life.

What causes an enlarged prostate?

The cause of an enlarged prostate is unknown, but it is thought to be associated with hormonal changes that occur in men as they get older. These hormonal changes can cause cause your prostate to grow. 

There are several reasons why you might experience urinary symptoms, including a urinary tract infection, so it is important to visit your doctor about your problem. They can assess your situation and accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms, helping find the right treatment for you. 

Your prostate gland is an organ that lies under your bladder and surrounds your urethra (tube that carries urine and semen to the tip of your penis).

Prostate trouble is caused by the growth of your prostate gland. It is normal for your prostate gland to get larger with age. If the gland tightens around your urethra it can interrupt the flow of urine from your bladder.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Problems having an erection
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Incontinence
  • Needing to pass urine more often and sudden urges to pass urine
  • Reduction in fertility
  • Narrowing of your urethra

You should get a better flow of urine and improved bladder emptying, and not need to pass urine as often during the night.

For most men an operation is not essential. There are medications available to treat the condition but this is rarely a permanent solution.

It’s most likely that you will feel a stinging pain the first few times you pass urine. You should be able to go home after 2 to 3 days, and you should be able to return to work after 4 to 6 weeks, depending on your type of work.

It’s recommended to do regular exercise, which should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising though, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most men make a good recovery, with a large improvement in their symptoms. Your prostate gland can grow larger again and symptoms can come back and be worse.


Authors: Mr John Lemberger FRCS, Dr Caroline Dowling MS FRACS (Urol)

Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved.

TURP - prostate reduction surgery

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £6,700 Included £6,700
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £6,900

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  • Personalised, Consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs  
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  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end  
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included  
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

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Professor Asif Raza

Consultant Urologist


The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more Syon Clinic

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Mr Hugh Mostafid

Consultant Urologist


The Hampshire Clinic 2 more Mount Alvernia Hospital Circle Reading Hospital

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Mr Fraqae Anjum

Consultant Urological Surgeon

FRCS (England); Diploma in Laparoscopic Urological Surgery, Université De Strasbourg; MSc (Urol); FEBU; FRCS (Urol)

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more Shirley Oaks Hospital

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