What is TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate)?
TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), or prostatectomy, is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that makes a component of semen. Your doctor may recommend the TURP procedure to treat an enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate cancer.
TURP is a major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having TURP.
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