Transurethral resection of the prostate, often abbreviated as TURP, is a procedure that helps treat urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate.
A resectoscope, an optical instrument, is passed through the tip of the penis and into the urethra to see and remove excess prostate tissue that is obstructing the flow of urine. TURP is carried out for men with moderate to severe blockage of urine and who have failed to respond to medicines. It is considered to be the most effective treatment for an enlarged prostate. Newer methods have also been introduced that cause lesser complications than TURP, and LASERS, especially High Power Holmium Laser, is the best and is called HOLEP.
Only males possess the prostate gland, which is located below the urinary bladder and surrounds the urethra. The urethra functions as a tube that carries urine out of the body, and the prostate produces semen.
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