A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the removal of prostate tissue through the urethra, to reduce the size of the prostate. It is a very common surgery in men with benign enlargement of the prostate. It may also be used in men who have a blockage of the urethra due to prostate cancer.
A TURP is done in a hospital while the man is under general or spinal anesthesiaanesthesiaThe loss of some or all feeling or awareness.:
This procedure does not cure the prostate cancer. It removes the blockage of the urethra due to the enlarged prostate and relieves the urinary symptoms. TURP may be used in combination with other treatments, such as hormonal therapy.