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Side Effects and Recovery

TURP is historically safe and successful but there have been instances of side effects and complications with the surgery. Most people were first introduced to TURP shortly after TV personality, Dick Clar died of a heart attack the day after his transurethral resection of the prostate. Although his death wasn’t caused by the procedure, a person’s overall health will play a major role in his or her recovery and care needs.

The most well known and common side effects is retrograde ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Other minor side effects are incontinence, bleeding ruptured bladder and sepsis. Most complications and side effects can be prevented under the care of a well-experienced team of doctors and specialists focused on your care.

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Side Effects of TURP

Most side effects of TURP are relatively harmless and easily treatable.

  • Retrograde ejaculation is where semen goes into the bladder instead of out of the penis and remains there until expelled through urine. The effect is called a dry orgasm. Men usually feel the sensation of an orgasm without the act of ejaculating, which can be uncomfortable and unsatisfying.
  • Erectile dysfunction occurs in 3 to 35 percent of men after the operation but isn’t typically common.
  • Bleeding after the operation is common but usually clears up a week or so after the procedure.
  • Scarring of the urethra is possible but rare. The instrument used to complete the procedure may damage or strain the inside of the urethra. Men usually feel acute pain while urinating for the first few weeks after the operation. At times, the urethra will narrow during healing and cause for urine to spray, split streams or dribble. This can easily be remedied by expanding the urethra with a rod.

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Possible Complications of TURP

The probability of experience any complications with transurethral resection of the prostate are low but they do happen. Ranging anywhere from bleeding, to, in the rarest and severe cases, death. If you are experiencing any of these complications, contact your doctor immediately:

  • Bleeding – In some cases, bleeding has occurred during or after the procedure requiring a blood transfusion.
  • Urinary tract infection – After surgery, a urinary tract infection (UTI) may occur. This can easily be treated with antibiotics.
  • Urinary retention – The muscles controlling the bladder might be temporarily damaged during the operation leading to issues with emptying the bladder entirely. This usually clears up after a few weeks.
  • TURP Syndrome – In the most severe case, a man can contract TURP Syndrome. Caused by the fluid used in the operation infiltrating the bloodstream, TURP Syndrome can cause dizziness, disorientation and slow heartbeat. If untreated, it can lead to seizures or coma.
  • Death: There is about a 1 in 1000 chance of death from TURP, usually associated with heart complications or infection.

If you’re experiencing any of these side effects or complications, contact your doctor or specialist immediately. Most issues are typical of any surgery or outpatient procedure such as pain and discomfort and will clear up after a few weeks of healing. Your doctor should provide you a list of care instructions and prescribe medication either before or after the procedure. The best way to avoid any complications is by trusting in an experienced team of doctors and specialists and following doctor’s orders during recovery.

At this point, you’ve probably researched TURP side effects and benefits online and come to a conclusion about your next step. Maybe you’ve entered queries like “where to get TURP near me” or “urologist near me.” If this is you, Advanced Urology in Atlanta is here for you. Call Advanced Urology today at 678-344-8900 to learn more about treatment options and make an appointment.