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Prostrate surgery TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostrate)

A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the surgical procedure involved with the cutting away of a section of the prostate gland.

This procedure is often used to treat prostate enlargement and may be necessary if:

  • Medication has failed to control the symptoms

  • bladder stones or infection occur in the enlarged prostate

The procedure requires a general anaesthetic.

The surgeon will insert a thin metal wire with a loop at the end into the urethra and up against the prostate. An electrical current is then used to heat the loop, which cuts away a section of the prostate.

Most patients are able to leave the hospital two or three days after the surgery with normal activity being resumed with the next week. 

In some cases however patients are not able to return to work for a period of up to six weeks. Each patient is an individual case and recovery time must be discussed with the consultant. 

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If the patient is paying for their own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551