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This one-page document summarizes my experience with the TURP Procedure for BPH:
• The procedure was a great success (see statistics below).
• However, recovery was much longer than expected.
• Communication could be improved – both before and after the procedure.
Statistics (59 yrs)
My Subjective Experience
My Urologist recommend a TURP straight after the Cystoscopy for BPH; no cancer was detected. I don’t remember receiving much information about the TURP - except that Retrograde Ejaculation (RE) was a 50% probability – so I had to do my own research:
- After a month of googling, I most concerned about (a) RE; (b) Incontinence; and (c) TURP versus Laser.
- I sought out a second opinion from a different Urologist who confirmed a few facts:
** Tamsulosin is recommended as a first step (see stats above).
** Other procedures (such as Laser) were no better than TURP.
** RE was a 100% probability (not 50%).
** Ultrasound revealed I was retaining 175ml of urine.
I had the TURP on Friday 22nd Feb 2019. I spent two nights in Hospital. The Hospital Staff at the Wellington Southern Cross Hospital and my Urologist were fantastic. I had only a little pain and only took ibuprofen twice. I returned home on Sunday and was back at Work on the following Thursday.
I received a short pamphlet after the Operation which said: “resume normal activity after two weeks”. This advice turned out to be problematic. What is normal? Normal for me is a lot of exercise:
- I went to the gym and started cycling after about 3-4 weeks; chronic pain resulted after every urination – so I had to back off.
- Minor stress incontinence and urgency was an issue. I washed my jeans every day. The problem is fading.
*Now at 9 weeks, I am 90% recovered. I have just started to cycle again.
*In terms of sexual activity, RE is now a factor – but it does not limit the experience - so no problem.
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