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Old 04-27-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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recover from a TURP

It always amazes me how little information Urologists tell TURP patients about recovery.
I think that its because if they say, patients would not do it.

As my personal experience and also for other patients, it takes up to 4 months to fully recover from a TURP, some patients take longer.
Just be patient and rest as much as possible.
Things will slowly improve.

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Old 07-23-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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Re: Turp

I finally found a board that deals with TURP. I had previouly been looking and only found Prostate Cancer boards. After I started reading that board I cancelled my first Turp scheduled for 2010. I finally got tired of not being able to have a good nights sleep that I decided to have the operation done. My new surgery date is July 26, 2011.

I am still nervous but after reading the posts I feel that I should be able to handle it ok. The key is not overdoing it, drink plently of water, move around a bit, don't eat spicy foods.

Can you sleep through the night again?!

 
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:24 AM   #3
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Re: Turp

Hi msking,

Since you've read these threads about the TURP, you already have a basic idea about what its going to be like. As Lenny has stated, consider about 4 months to be your recovery period, whatever the docs may say. The Urologists never seem to tell you the facts, sadly.

My dad had a TURP in Jan which had complications and he then developed Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome which the doc said nothing about, at any point. He just kept prescribing antibiotics which we chose to stop eventually on our own as they were doing nothing. Even now, 6 months down the line, he comes home from a follow up with an antibiotic prescription.
In any case, homeopathy has done him good and he is now much better as regards the pain.

Just to reassure you, I don't think all patients develop this after a TURP. Most seem to recover completely within 4 months.
He still goes to pee about 3 times a night, but its coming down gradually, so we're hopeful to have full nights of sleep within a few more months.

Good luck, just make sure the surgery is done without a pre-existing infection - that seems to trigger the pain syndrome...

keep us posted!

 
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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Re: Turp

I too just had TURP performed seven days ago on July 20, 2011 and I would be very interested to know how your recovery progressed through the first month and beyond. I am well researched on TURP and believe the surgery went well, and I know that I should expect a slow recovery in which I will experience uncomfortable symptoms, but nonetheless it's hard not to worry whether improvement will come soon. Does it really take several months to recover to normal urinary abilities? As for me after one week, I still pee frequently (got up five times last night), have some dribbling, unable to hold in the urine when the pressure builds up and my prostate is noticebly sore. I am 50 years old and otherwise in excellent physical form. I am a fit and very active Canadian Forces military Officer. Any advice you can provide based on your personal experience will be appreciated. Thank you.

 
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:07 PM   #5
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It took me about 4 months to finially get over the surgery and get back to a somewhat normal life. First thing I noticed was I could not hold much urine inside, actually, I was going pee a lot more often than I did before. I would get sudden, very strong urges to urinate all of a sudden, without any warning, and would have to find a place to go real quick. My doctor put me on Oxybutane, which helped some. Bleeding stopped in about 5 days after surgery, but came back again a few times whenever a scab fell off up inside. These will pass through the urethea and be ready for it. It will scare you more than anything, and does not hurt at all. I now only have to get up to urinate once a night, sometimes twice. And my urine flow is like that of a race horse. I do have a few problems that I will be stuck with the rest of my life. One is that my bladder wall, especially in the trigone area, and my bladder neck, according to my surgeon, was excessively mussel bound. He had to take the lazer and do some cutting here. So, I now have lost the function of my inner urinary sphincter and the valve that prevents ejaculatory semen from entering the bladder during ejaculation. So I only have my outer sphincter valve holding back urine, and its in a weak state now for I now suffer from stress incontinence. If I sneeze or lift something heavy or strain a bit to pass gas, I loose urine. My doctor told me that this problem would get worse with passing time rather than better. So I will say, it takes at least 4 months after surgery to get back to normal. And I am glad that I had it done, for I was getting up at night 5 times to go to the bathroom. Ed

 
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Old 07-29-2011, 11:07 AM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback.I am now 3 days post surgery. After the surgery the doc said that the prostate had grown another 25% over the last 4 years and was about 4 times the normal size. I had no pain. The catheter was more of an inconvience. I removed it this am and am doing fine. Nothing out of the ordinary. I am drinking lots of water and passing it about every 20-30inutes. I really am surprised at how non-eventful the surgery was so far. I will have to see what the next few days holds for me.

 
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:08 AM   #7
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Re: recover from a TURP

It is great that you are doing so well, but what are they doing to shrink the prostate. were you on avodart and if so are you still taking it? As you will read - it takes 4 months for the average person to completely recover from the surgery. There are set recovery items that happen during this period. Sounds like you just have a prostate issue and the bladder is in good condition so expect a speedy recovery, but don't strain or do any heavy activity until you are sure that the healing is complete. That " you can do anying in three weeks" is a load of bunk. Just be careful for a reasonable time.
The prostate will continue to grow so focus on that to avoid doing this again later on. The one good thing about the surgery is - if there are cancer cells starting in that area, this removes them.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #8
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I tried some of the prostate reduction medications and hated them, specifically adovart. I do not intend to take any medication. I figure that I am 60 now so by the time it gets so large that it begins to bother me again I will be dead. I have tried to do a few things but it just seems to make the bleeding increase. So I am trying not to do to much. It just seems that doing things like mowing the lawn would not be doing to much. The doc said the prostate was so big that it damaged the bladder. What that means I am not sure. I will find out on my follow-up in mid August. I still feel fine just having too urinate more frequently than I want to. Last night I had two three hour stints without waking up so it appears it is getting better.

 
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:57 AM   #9
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Hi all.
I have just joined this forum after searching for advice on post turp recovery. I have had an enlarged prostate for 8yrs, for which I was taking Flomax, which helped. Then my wife was taken ill with pancreatic cancer 11 months ago, passing away on 8th November 2010. A day after the funeral, I coul'nt pass water at all, and went to the emergency dept of our local hospital where they fitted me with a catheter and kept me in overnight. Next day they started me on dutasteride, telling me to keep the catheter for 6 weeks. after 6 weeks they took the catheter out, but I still could'nt pee. so they put another catheter in . They took the catheter out 2 more times at 6 wk intervals with hardly any improvement. The urologist specialist then suggested a turp, and put me on the waiting list. I eventually had the surgery 4 weeks ago on 8th August 2011. I must say the whole procedure was totaly pain free. after 2 days they took the catheter out , and I could then pass water for the first time in 9 months. I was allowed home on the 4th day, and things have improved slowly just like others on this excellent forum. I am now at the stage of frequent and sometimes very urgent urination. The replies on here made me realise that my symptoms are normal after this surgery . thanks all.

 
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:01 AM   #10
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It has now been over a month since my TURP procedure. I have had no side effects, no issues with my body functions, and feel like a 16 year old when I stand at a urinal. All my fears were unfounded. As my doctor told me most men say why did I not get this done sooner! I agree!

 
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:08 AM   #11
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Re: recover from a TURP

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It is great that you are doing so well, but what are they doing to shrink the prostate. were you on avodart and if so are you still taking it? As you will read - it takes 4 months for the average person to completely recover from the surgery. There are set recovery items that happen during this period. Sounds like you just have a prostate issue and the bladder is in good condition so expect a speedy recovery, but don't strain or do any heavy activity until you are sure that the healing is complete. That " you can do anying in three weeks" is a load of bunk. Just be careful for a reasonable time.
The prostate will continue to grow so focus on that to avoid doing this again later on. The one good thing about the surgery is - if there are cancer cells starting in that area, this removes them.

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:12 AM   #12
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Re: recover from a TURP

Lenny.
I was taking avodart (dutasteride) before surgery, but it did'nt help. I was told to stop taking it after the surgery.

 
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:28 AM   #13
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Re: recover from a TURP

I tried adovart and hated it so stopped. I am taking nothing to shrink the prostate. I figure that I am 59 now and it took this long for the prostate to grow this large. So I will be dead before it becomes a problem again. I did not have any bladder issues just the enlarged prostate.

 
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