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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Transurethral Resection of the Prostate Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

TUR syndrome (occurs in about 2% of patients, usually within the first 24 hours) might occur. Symptoms may include:

  • Increase or decrease in blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Agitation

Other complications may include:

  • Urinary tract infection (most common)
  • Bleeding, which may require blood transfusion (second most common)
  • Incontinence (inability to control urine)
  • Retrograde ejaculation—sperm goes into the bladder rather than out the end of the penis (not dangerous)
  • If you plan on having children in the future, talk to your doctor about this surgical side effect before surgery.
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking or alcohol abuse
  • Use of some prescription and nonprescription drugs
  • Malnutrition
  • Recent or chronic illness
  • Diabetes

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Difficulty or inability to urinate
  • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine—This may be normal during the first few days. If the symptoms persist or are getting worse, contact your doctor.
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Impotence for longer than three months after surgery

In case of an emergency, call 911.



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