Transurethral Resection of the Prostate Side Effects

Advantages of Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

The majority of male, who are suffering from a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), notice that it is effective in the improving both their signs and their general quality of life in the long run.

Disadvantages of Transurethral Resection of the Prostate

The primary disadvantage of a TURP is that the process carries a probability of accidentally damaging:

  • the bladder,
  • the urethra (the passage that carries urine from the bladder to the penis ), and
  • the surrounding nerves.

This can lead to the following complications:

Retrograde Ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation is one of the mostly reported disadvantages of a TURP and it occurs in almost 70% of cases.
Retrograde ejaculation unearths when the semen does not thrust out from the penis, it flows into your bladder. Retrograde ejaculation occurs due to damage done to the nerves, or muscles, covering the neck of the bladder.

Urinary Incontinence

Almost three percent of men can get urinary incontinence after having a TURP which usually could be any of three forms:

  • Urge Incontinence – In this form a sudden urge to pass urine and without finding any suitable place you will lose control of your bladder.
  • Stress Incontinence – In this type of form small quantity of urine leak out during physical activities, like laughing, sneezing, coughing, etc.
  • Total Incontinence – In this form you lose control of your bladder and urine can flow out any time.

Urethra Strictures

Post TURP, urethra strictures are reported in almost four per cent of men.  In this form of disadvantage you will feel strain to pass urine, spray urine or a ‘split-stream’ of urine, drib drops of urine once you have finished going to toilet, and you may experience mild pain when passing urine.
If the narrowing of the urethra is not severe, it can be treated by inserting a thin tube to broaden the urethra. More sever narrowing may need surgery to correct.


Nearly one in five men may also find it difficult to get or maintain an erection after undergoing a TURP. This is called as impotence or erectile dysfunction. Impotence is often linked with ageing hence it is not simple to point out the exactly how many cases of impotence are associated to the TURP procedure.

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate Side Effects

Side effects post TURP may include:

  • Decrease of decrease in blood pressure
  • Unusual heart rhythm
  • Enhanced breathing rate
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Aggression
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Blurred vision
  • Incontinence (inability to control urine)