TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) FAQs

Enlarged Prostate Treatment in Tampa, FL

The highly trained urologists at Florida Sex Health have provided this list of frequently asked questions to help educate patients on the TURP procedure for treating an enlarged prostate. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call our urology office in Tampa, FL at (813) 250-2213.


What is the TURP Procedure?

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a medical procedure used to treat urinary symptoms caused by BPH (an enlarged prostate).

What Are the Side Effects of the Procedure?

Possible side effects for the procedure can include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Urinary tract Infection
  • Possible need for re-treatment

What Can I Expect to Happen During the Procedure?

To begin the procedure, the urologist will use a very thin tool called a rectoscope that is inserted through the tip of the penis and through the urethra. This allows the urologist to view the prostate and check for any irregularities. Then, the urologist may remove a piece of the prostate tissue as the rectoscope is removed out of the urethra to allow normal urination.

How Do I Schedule the Procedure?

After your initial discussion about the procedure with your urologist, you will receive a call around 3 days after your visit to set a date and ask any pre-procedure questions you may have. You will also be put in touch with a surgery coordinator who can answer any questions you may have leading up to the procedure.

Do I Need to Avoid Eating Before the Procedure?

Yes. As with most surgeries, it’s recommended that you avoid eating a heavy dinner the night before surgery and to avoid drinking fluids (including water) after midnight. For those sticking to specific diets, we recommend consulting with your urologist about any dietary concerns.

Are There Activities I Should Avoid After the Procedure?

Yes. We recommend that you avoid activities that involve strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.

What is the Recovery Time for the Procedure?

Typically, the recovery time is 2 weeks after the procedure. Don’t be afraid to take another week or so of time to heal properly if you would feel more comfortable. Don’t rush the process.

Schedule an Appointment in Tampa, FL

If you have been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate, the TURP procedure may be right for you. Contact our highly trained urologists at (813) 250-2213 to schedule an appointment at our office in Tampa, FL today!

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