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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate: Complications You Should Know

By    |   Thursday, 26 May 2016 06:52 PM

Transurethral resection of the prostate is surgery that helps relieve the symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia. TURP surgery is effective for most BPH sufferers, but a transurethral resection of the prostate does have some possible complications that you should know.

After surgery, most men will have some blood in their urine, but it should not persist beyond the first few days. A few men experience heavy bleeding and require a blood transfusion, particularly if their prostate is very large, according to Mayo Clinic.

As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection, and frequent urinary tract infections do occur for some men who undergo a transurethral resection of the prostate.

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About 1 percent of men experience incontinence, or the inability to hold their urine after TURP surgery, although this is not much different than the number of men in the general population suffering from incontinence, says WebMD.

Symptoms like fever, chills, and swelling may indicate infection after surgery and should be reported to your doctor, according to Johns Hopkins Health Library.

Other serious symptoms include changes in odor of urine and trouble urinating, although relief of BPH symptoms may not occur for four to six weeks until swelling goes down.

One of the most common complications of transurethral resection of the prostate surgery is retrograde ejaculation, which happens when semen enters the bladder instead of exiting the urethra.

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Up to 75 percent of men experience retrograde ejaculation, which is not harmful and usually doesn’t affect sensation, reports Mayo Clinic. It can impact the ability to impregnate someone, however.

Erectile dysfunction occurs occasionally after transurethral resection of the prostate, but it isn’t a common side effect. WebMD reports that men who have TURP don’t seem to have any greater incidence of erection difficulties than those who don’t have surgery.

TURP syndrome happens when the body absorbs too great an amount of the fluid used to rinse the prostate area during surgery. TURP syndrome impacts about 2 percent of TURP patients and causes low sodium in the body. It is treated with diuretics.

About 2 percent of patients need another transurethral resection of the prostate surgery after three years, and 8 percent need repeat treatment after five years, according to WebMD.

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