How do you know when you should not wait any longer to have the TURP procedure?

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I know that once the urethra passage way is blocked, then you no longer have any choice about it. But I'm asking about is the time before it is completely blocked, when you are having stop and go urination, and it seems that you have to push more often, and sometimes get the feeling that the urine is backing up (in the mornings) and you have to void again at least one more time. These above mentioned symptoms aren't occurring all the time, but enough to have me start to worry. I'd like to put off the TURP for as long as i can, but i don't want to wait too long and cause damage to my bladder walls. Is there a cut-off time that you should no longer put it off?

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    I had Turp surgery 4 weeks ago. I didn't have a complete blockage, but was likely heading there. The primary decision factor for me was quality of sleep. I averaged 5-7 times a night to get up to pee. I had severe BPH and thr middle lobe if my prostate was pushing upward on the bladder. None of the meds were helping. Good luck with your decision.

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    The big question is do you have Prostate Cancer if so avoid a TURP as you are likely to have incontinence if the Prostate is removed later. If no problems that way get it done before you get other problems like UTI's.

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      I'm 54 years old, so there's plenty of time for me to get prostate cancer later on down the road. Are you saying that it will be worse to get a TURP procedure and then getting the prostate removed? Wouldn't there be the same incontinence issues if from just getting the prostate removed w/o any TURP procedure done previously?

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    That's really a decision for you to make in conjunction with your urologist. I decided to do it when travelling just became a hassle due to frequent bathroom breaks. I was getting up 2-3 times a night (now it's generally once) and if I were to wait too long, it took a really long time to pee because it just dribbled out. I have not regretted my decision for a second. Good luck.

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      Thanks for your encouraging words, since i've also read about some guys having complications afterward, in addition to the loss of ability to ejaculate. Do you still need to take any Flo-Max type of medications after you recovered from your surgery?

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      The last alpha-blocker I took was the night before the surgery. I was also able to discontinue the bladder spasm medication I'd been taking for 20 years. That was an unexpected bonus.

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