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MR RANJIT RAO __________________ __ ___ ___ ___ ~
THE EPWORTH MEDICAL CENTRE
PHONE: 9421 3727
SUITE 1.5,173 LENNOX STREET
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RICHMOND VIC 3121
Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate (T.U.R.P.)
TURP is a procedure performed to remove the inner part of the prostate gland to assist with urination. It is
performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic and usually requires a 2 night stay in hospital. After the
operation you will have a urinary catheter for 2 days. Once you are passing urine satisfactorily you will be
It is generally a very successful procedure, however there a few potential risks such as bleeding and infection.
Retrograde ejaculation (semen going into bladder) is common but not serious. There is no increased incidence
of impotence. Very occasionally you may have some minor short lived incontinence that settles down with
time. Delayed risks include narrowing in the urethra or regrowth of prostate tissue.
Following your T.U.R.P. you may experience one or more of the following:
Burning or pain when passing urine (Ural or citra-lite effervescent granules can be taken
A small amount of blood and debris in your urine for up to 6 weeks. If large amounts of blood appear,
A scab forms around the raw surface of the prostate. It is normal 7 – 10 days after surgery for the
scab to come away and pass in the urine. This may be associated with blood in the urine. Some blood
may be passed for up to 6 weeks. However, if bleeding becomes heavy or you are passing clots, notify
Following a T.U.R.P. you will experience an improved urinary pattern with a stronger steam and
fewer visits to the toilet during the day and night. This may take weeks or months, depending on how
long and how serious your blockage has been.
Drink approximately 2 litres each day – equivalent to 6 –10 cups or glasses per day, to keep the urine
When the urine becomes clear you may then reduce your fluid intake
If you have any difficulty passing urine, it is important to relax, take a mild analgesic (such as Panadol
or Panadeine) and if necessary pass urine while under the shower or bath.
In the event that these measures fail to start your urine flowing and you are experiencing a build up
of urine in the bladder, then contact Mr Rao.
Most people have full urinary control when they leave hospital. A few still have to rush to pass urine
urgently for a week or so. This will improve. If it persists, a short course of tablets may be necessary
which wil be prescribed at your follow up appointment
It is important not to become constipated and strain to have a bowel motion. A high fibre diet may
assist with this. Constipation and straining can cause bleeding
Allow for two weeks off work following surgery
You can drive short distances 1 week after discharge from hospital
You can take short walks, as you feel able
If you have been taking blood-thinning medication pre-operatively
(aspirin/plavix/warfarin) please ask Mr Rao when these maybe recommenced. Other
medications are usually recommenced some time during your hospital stay.
The following 24 hours post procedure:
It is important that you do not drive, sign legal documents, utilise public transport, work
machinery or consume alcohol, until at least the next day but preferably for 24 hours post
Please report any of the following to your surgeon:
Passing of bright red urine with or without clots
Post operative appointment details:
Please contact the rooms on 9421 3727 for a post op appointment at 6 weeks.
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