Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
TURP helps reduce urinary symptoms caused by BPH.
Urinary symptoms caused by BPH can include:
- Frequent, urgent need to urinate
- Difficulty starting urination
- Slow (prolonged) urination
- Increased frequency of urination at night (nocturia)
- Stopping and starting again while urinating
- The feeling you can't completely empty your bladder
- Urinary tract infections
- The inability to urinate
TURP may also be done to treat or prevent complications due to blocked urine flow, such as:
- Recurring urinary tract infections
- Bladder or kidney damage
- Inability to control urination (incontinence)
- Bladder stones
- Recurring blood in your urine
Although a number of procedures are available to treat BPH, TURP is the most commonly performed procedure. TURP is associated with specific risks and complications that should be discussed with your physician.
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