Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)


A procedure to treat men with an enlarged prostate

About TUIP

A TUIP (transurethral incision of the prostate) is an operation to treat an enlarged prostate. It is for men with small- to medium-sized prostates. An enlarged prostate can obstruct the flow of urine from your bladder and make it difficult to pass urine.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    A surgical instrument (resectoscope) will be passed up through the penis and into the urethra. One or two small cuts will then be made in the neck of the bladder (where the muscle has thickened) and in the prostate. This allows the bladder neck to spring apart and for urine to flow more freely. At the end of the procedure, your surgeon will insert a catheter to drain urine from your bladder into a bag. The procedure takes about 20 minutes. It'll be carried out under general anaesthetic.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. You won't be able to eat food in the six hours before it, but you will be able to drink clear, still water up to three hours before. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    You will have something called bladder irrigation run through the catheter. This will help to prevent any blood clots forming in your bladder and flush out any bleeding after the surgery. The catheter will be removed after 24-48 hours. During this time, you'll be cared for in hospital and you should be able go home after urinating normally.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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