Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical treatment for benign enlargement of the prostate. Benign enlargement of the prostate consists in the appearance of a benign tumour, known as prostate adenoma, which obstructs the urethra, dificulting the flow of urine.
The surgery is generally performed with epidural anaesthesia, although in some cases general anaesthesia is required. It takes between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the size of the prostate. Patients must stay in hospital for between three and six days.