A TURP is carried out if cancer is blocking the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder) and needs to be removed. It helps relieve problems with passing urine.
During the procedure, a tube that contains a cutting instrument and a tiny camera is passed through the urethra and into the prostate. The cutting instrument is used to shave off the inner area of the prostate to remove the blockage.
This can be done under a general anaesthetic while you’re asleep or you may have a local anaesthetic with an epidural. If you have an epidural, the lower body is temporarily numbed with an injection of anaesthetic into the spine. Even though you are awake, you won’t feel anything.
A TURP can also be carried out using a special laser. This is only done in some specialist centres. Your doctor will advise you if this is suitable for you and where the treatment is available.