Surgery for Urinary Problems

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a surgical procedure, is used to treat urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate.

A scope is inserted through the penis tip and into the tube that carries urine from your bladder (urethra). The prostate surrounds the urethra. Using the scope, the urologist trims away excess prostate tissue that's blocking urine flow.

WATCH: Dr. Philip Woodward explains more about this procedure.

TURP is generally considered an option for men with moderate to severe urinary problems that haven't responded to medication. Traditionally, TURP is considered the most effective treatment for an enlarged prostate.