Prostate electroresection (TURP)

Elektroresekcja prostaty (TURP)What is prostate electroresection (TURP)?

Prostate electroresection (TURP) is one of the most effective methods for treatment and long-term monitoring of adenomatous hyperplasia of the prostate. It is also one of the first most effective, minimally-invasive endourological procedures in the modern urology.

Prostate electroresection (TURP) is a procedure for transurethral electroresection of adenomatous tissue in the prostate. This procedure is used for treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia.


What is the purpose of this procedure?

This procedure aims at improving quality of life and ensuring daily comfort for men.

What does the procedure involve?

In this procedure, periurethral prostatic tissue is removed. Instruments are inserted through a resectoscope, and then a resection electrode removes sections of the gland. Fragments of the prostate tissue are removed through the urethra and sent for histopathological examination.
It is one of key benefits of this treatment versus conservative or minimally-invasive therapies. Sections obtained for examinations may be used to diagnose prostate cancer (even 8% of TURP).

Prostate resections are performed at a hospital, usually under lumbar anaesthesia. The procedure takes about an hour and is performed by an urologist. After the procedure, the Patient has a catheter inserted into the bladder for 36 to 48 hours.

Who is this procedure intended for?

  • This surgical procedure is intended for Patients who:
  • suffer with complications associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, prostatic adenoma) in form of problems with urination;
  • have not achieved satisfying resolving of prostatic hyperplasia symptoms with pharmacotherapy;
  • want to discontinue a long-term therapy, and require quick and final cure.

Additional information

What does benign prostate hyperplasia mean?

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH, prostatic adenoma) involves hyperplasia of normal stromal and epithelial cells in the prostate, resulting in the increase in the prostatic volume, and, thus, to impaired urine flow through the prostatic part of urethra.

BPH is not a "pre-cancer" stadium. However, this disorder often concurs with cancer because these two disorders are common and share a risk factor being man's age. This condition occurs in over 50% of men over 60 years of age, and its incidence increases with age.


What are side effects of prostate electroresection (TURP)?

Side effects of TURP include retrograde ejaculation in about 80% of Patients, which should not be considered a complication. Rare complications include urethral stricture and damage to the external urethral sphincter resulting in urinary incontinence. Common complications include postoperative infections, which, however, are of a temporary nature.

How can I arrange the therapy?

Please contact us for consultation and confirming the need for the procedure using the free online consultation. We will gladly analyse your medical history and answer all your questions.

To arrange the treatment, please contact the Patient coordination department at: + 48 606 994 372 or by email:

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