Glossary Term:

Title

transurethral resection of the prostate

Phonetic

<b>trans</b>-yoo-<b>REE</b>-thrul re-<b>sek</b>-shun

Description

also called TURP. An operation that removes a part of the prostate gland that surrounds the urethra (the tube through which urine exits the bladder). The procedure is used for some men with prostate cancer who cannot have the prostate removed (radical prostatectomy) because of advanced age or other serious illnesses. This operation can be used to relieve symptoms caused by a tumor, but it is not expected to cure this disease or remove all of the cancer. TURP is used more often to relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). See also benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostate.