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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate
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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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