Transurethral Incision of Prostate (TUIP)

Transurethral incision of prostate, also referred to as TUIP, is a procedure used for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), the enlargement of the prostate gland that results in urethral restriction causing difficulty in urination.  Your doctor will consider your symptoms and will determine the best treatment for you.

Condition it treats:

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

What happens during the procedure:

The transurethral resection of the prostate is a minimally-invasive procedure performed in the hospital setting.  It is typically an outpatient procedure.  The procedure uses a small endoscope inserted through the urethra.  The end of the endoscope allows for a special instrument to trim one or two small openings into the bladder neck, the area where the bladder and the prostate connect.  By creating these openings, the urinary channel is opened and the urine is able to pass more easily. 

Recovery after the procedure:

After the surgery, the patient is observed in the recovery area, then prepared for discharge home.  Typically, there is no need for a catheter to drain the bladder.

After surgery one can anticipate mild discomfort including slight burning with urination, urgency, and frequency.  One may notice a small amount of blood in the urine; this should not be cause for alarm as this is part of the healing process.  Patients will notice improvements in the urinary symptoms gradually. 

Men can expect to return to normal activity approximately 3 days after the TUIP procedure.  Patients should avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting or pushing, and avoid equipment that vibrates for about 2 weeks.  These types of activities may aggravate the urogenital region and can cause bleeding.

Generally, patients can resume normal sexual activity about 4 weeks after the surgery.

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Benefits

  • Improves ability to urinate
  • Eases symptoms related to BPH

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