Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure to remove tissue from the prostate. TURP is sometimes done to relieve symptoms caused by a tumor before other treatment is given. It may also be done in men who cannot have a radical prostatectomy for health reasons.
During TURP, a very thin, lighted tube with a cutting tool at the end is inserted through your urethra. Prostate tissue that is blocking your urethra is cut away and removed. Whenever possible, your doctor will use a technique called “nerve-sparing surgery” to save the nerves that control your ability to get an erection.