Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists

Located in Bellingham, WA - Serving the Pacific Northwest

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the most common surgery used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate. About 150,000 men in the United States have TURPs every year. The physicians at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists have extensive experience safely and effectively performing TURP to relieve BPH problems like difficulty urinating and frequent trips to the bathroom. If you have these symptoms, call the office in Bellingham, Washington, or book an appointment online today.


What condition is treated with TURP?

TURP is a surgical procedure used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH, or as it’s more commonly known, an enlarged prostate, naturally occurs as you grow older. Starting around the age of 25, your prostate begins to grow, slowly increasing in size throughout your adult life.

BPH seldom causes symptoms before the age of 40, but half of all men experience problems with urination between the ages of 51 and 60.

The classic symptoms of BPH include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, frequent urination during the night, and trouble starting to urinate. You can also have a hard time completely emptying your bladder.

Does BPH cause complications?

Although it’s not common, BPH can lead to complications such as urinary tract infections, kidney damage, bladder damage, and bladder stones. In some cases, men don’t know they have a problem until their urinary tract is totally blocked.

It’s important to schedule an appointment if you develop a urine blockage, urination is painful, you see blood in your urine, or you have lower abdominal pain.

What is TURP?

Your prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of your body. As you develop BPH, it’s increasing size pushes against the urethra, causing your urinary problems. TURP treats your urinary tract symptoms by removing small pieces of the prostate.

Your doctor at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists recommends TURP when your BPH symptoms are moderate to severe despite nonsurgical treatment such as medications to shrink the prostate.

How is TURP performed?

TURP is performed at our outpatient ambulatory surgery center or in the hospital while you’re under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 90 minutes. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a long narrow device through your penis and up to the prostate.

Your doctor uses one of two possible techniques to remove some of the prostate and open the urethra. One technique uses an electrical loop that cuts away thin layers of tissue; the other uses heat from a laser to destroy the tissue.

When your surgery is finished, your doctor inserts a catheter that stays in place for a few days while you heal.

When it’s hard to urinate or you end up getting up several times during the night, call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or book an appointment online.