So, you’re going to have A TURP? What you need to know

A TURP, or in full, a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate is a surgical procedure performed to treat an enlarged prostate, specifically benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is why it may be recommended;

  1. A TURP can alleviate the problematic urinary symptoms such as, frequent urination, weak urine flow, difficulty starting or stopping urination, incomplete bladder emptying and consistently interrupting sleep by having to get up and go to the toilet.
  2. If medication for BPH hasn’t worked in managing symptoms, a TURP may be recommended as an alternative treatment.
  3. In some cases, an enlarged prostate (BPH) can lead to complications such as repeat urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder stones, or kidney damage.
  4. Prostate enlargement can result in significant urinary tract obstruction, leading to recurrent or persistent urinary problems. A TURP can help remove the obstructing tissue and restore normal urination procedures.
  5. If behavioural changes and other non-surgical treatments have been unsuccessful in managing symptoms, a TURP might be considered as a more definitive treatment option.

It’s important to note that the decision to undergo an elective TURP is made after a thorough evaluation by a urologist. As with all surgery, the procedure carries its own risks and potential complications, so the benefits and risks are carefully weighed based on the individual’s specific condition and overall health.

BPH Enlarged Prostate Diagnosis Assessment
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Don’t worry about a TURP, Try thinking about it this way!

When considering an elective surgical procedure such as a TURP, it can be helpful to approach the decision with a positive mindset and focus on the potential benefits. Here are some ways to think about having a TURP:

  1. One of the main reasons for undergoing a TURP is to alleviate the troublesome urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. By having the surgery, you have the opportunity to experience significant symptomatic relief and improve your overall quality of life.
  2. A TURP can help restore normal bladder function by removing excess prostate tissue that may be obstructing the urethra and resulting urinary flow. This can lead to improved bladder emptying and a reduced risk of urinary retention and UTI’s.
  3. If you have been taking medications for an enlarged prostate and have experienced either inadequate symptom relief or unwanted side effects, a TURP may provide an alternative solution. By undergoing the surgery, you may be able to reduce or even stop the need for ongoing medication therapy.
  4. An enlarged prostate can sometimes lead to complications such as recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI’s), bladder stones, urinary retention even kidney damage. By addressing the underlying cause, you can potentially prevent or minimise the risk of complications, promoting better long-term health and well-being.
  5. Remember a TURP is a well established procedure with a long history of success in treating BPH. It has been proven to be an effective and reliable treatment option, and the procedure itself has evolved to become less invasive and associated with fewer complications.
  6. Your health team will provide you with detailed information about the procedure, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have.

It’s important to have open and honest conversations with your urologist to fully understand the potential benefits, risks and alternatives to a TURP. They can provide personalised advice based on your medical history and preferences. Remember, taking an active role in your medical decisions with a positive mindset can contribute to an overall better experience and clinical outcome.

Having a TURP? Do this to prepare!

Preparing for elective surgery can be a stressful time, but there are several techniques that can help you feel calmer and at ease before your surgery. Here are some techniques you can try:

  1. Practice deep breathing exercises to help activate your body’s relaxation response. It really works. Take slow, deep breaths in through your nose, allowing your belly to rise and exhale slowly through your mouth. Focus on the sensation of your breath as you inhale and exhale, letting go of tension with each breath.
  2. Progressive muscle relaxation, start by tensing your muscles, such as your hands or shoulders, for a few seconds and then release the tension while focusing on the sensation of relaxation in those muscles. Move through different muscle groups, gradually working your way from head to toe. This is a technique that’s practiced by many professionals who find themselves in stressful situations such as the military or presenting at important business meetings; it works!
  3. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a calm and peaceful environment such as sun-bathing on a tropical beach “visualisation” a place that brings you comfort. Engage your senses by imagining the sights, sounds, and smells of this place, and allow yourself to fully immerse in the relaxation and tranquillity of your imagination.
  4. Set aside some time for mindfulness. Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably and focus your attention on the present moment “live in the moment”. This can help quiet your mind and reduce anxiety.
  5. Play soothing and calming music can help you relax. Choose instrumental music, nature sounds, or relaxation tracks that promote a sense of peace and tranquillity.
  6. Engaging in activities that divert your attention such as reading a book, listening to an audiobook, engaging in a hobby or creative activity that you find calming and enjoyable. If you can’t think of any try something new!
  7. Talk to your loved ones or a local support group about your feelings and concerns. Sharing your emotions can help alleviate anxiety and provide a sense of comfort and understanding. Remember others now and in the future are going through exactly the same thing as you.

Please tell others about your experiences or concerns. There are thousands of other people thinking the same as you.

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