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Post Turp

Posted 23 Oct 2018 at 05:54

Just a bit of info for anyone with BPH that is considering having a Turp.

I have had problems peeing for a good few years now and nocturia, high psa (15+) and been plagued with uti's, I have had dre's, cystoscopy, transperineal biopsy, scans and no cancer detected so diagnosed with BPH. prostate was massively enlarged (not sure of volume). I was put on Prazosin which lowered my blood pressure (88/64) and made me feel like crap, but did help with bladder voiding, finally by being stubborn (which I am good at) they decided I should have a turp, I was getting desperate for something to happen as I could not get a nights sleep, I was exhausted. 

After 4 months waiting I had the surgery 4 days ago and my life has changed almost over night, I can pee with good flow although it is a little sore at times and I can sleep for 6 hours at a time, believe me it is heaven. Bleeding is minimal, just a slight pink tinge to urine, minimal leakage after peeing.

They asked if I would volunteer for a spinal block anaesthesia as they had a new registrar anaesthetist and wanted to demonstrate for her, I agreed, it was fine just listened to music, surgery took 2 hours because the prostate was so large, tissue was sent to lab and will get reults on follow up consult in 2 months unless they find anything nasty. I was in overnight and discharged next morning after catheter was remove and I could  pee and ultrasound was done.

I am more active now than a week ago, have no real pain apart from a little soreness at first pee in mornings, blood pressure back to normal, I have my life back, just a little concerned about lab results but they will let me know if they find anything.

I just hope my experience will help others make a decision if they are in the same boat, I am not recommending or advising just sharing my experience thus far.

Will report progress if anything changes.

Best wishes 


Edited by member 23 Oct 2018 at 15:27  | Reason: Not specified

Posted 23 Oct 2018 at 10:51
Brilliant - your relief is easy to see in your post. Fingers crossed the pathology is okay.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 01 Feb 2019 at 16:59

Hi everyone, this I hope is my last post here about me, but will still be around and about keeping up with things.

Well! So I had the Turp and have absolutely no problems whatsoever other than retrograde ejaculation which was a known before surgery. So for me it was the right choice, I take no meds at all and I sleep mostly all night now without having to wear a track in the carpet between bed and bathroom.

The surgeon took 53g out and histology report states no cancer cells found, residual was only 24ml after post void ultrasound. Hospital has finished with me now.☺

Wow! Never thought it was all going to turn out this good, so those with bph don't be scared of this procedure if offered, far better choice for me than meds, but that at the end of the day is a choice for you and your specialist.

Thanks very much to all that answered my posts and I wish you all the very best of luck on your own personal journey's. Some of those big dark clouds do have silver linings.



Posted 04 May 2019 at 09:28

Hi Stevo,

Glad to hear you had good results from surgery.

I saw my consultant yesterday and TURP was the first choice of treatment he offered me. I've had 3 negative biopsies but my PSA is still high at 23 and I've got an enlarged prostate of 70ml (at last MRI). PSA has gone down from 28 but as I have urine retention of about 200ml I need to do something to protect my kidneys. Thing is, I never have urgency and can happily sleep through the night and probably the only issue urinating is that if I don't go soon after needing to I have reduced flow, and probably retention as a result.

As an alternative to surgery I was told I could self-catheterise up to 4 times a day. Not that keen on this as I'm only 45 and he said this could raise my PSA in itself. I'm on tamsulosin to help at the moment but now I'm home I'm wondering why Finasteride isn't an option for me. Surgery always seems the most radical and aggressive option to me and it's clearly not without its risks. He's given me a return appointment in 3 months so I've got a while to make up my mind. Any thoughts or advice from anyone with similar benign conditions would be welcome.


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