Prostate problems are common among older men. Benign prostatic enlargement is one of the causes of difficulty in passing urine. Other causes include prostatitis and prostate cancer.

Transurethral resection of the prostate

A transurethral resection of the prostrate (TURP) procedure is surgery undertaken to treat male urinary problems caused by benign prostatic enlargement. TURP is an effective step for males who have not responded to medication aimed at treating a symptomatic enlarged prostate. During the TURP, which is done under spinal or general anaesthetic, Dr. Hayden will insert a resectoscope via the urethra, and use this combination visual/surgical instrument to remove the section of excess tissue from the prostate that is blocking urine flow.

Transurethral incision and/or resection of the bladder neck

A bladder neck incision (BNI) with or without resection of the bladder neck is used for treating obstructive urinating symptoms due to bladder neck dysfunction more commonly found in younger men. A transurethral resection of the bladder neck may also be necessary for treating bladder neck contracture, which can occur at the junction of the bladder and the prostate (especially if the patient has had prostate surgery).