Anesthesiology pp 845-850 | Cite as

Anesthesia for TURP

  • Maimouna Bah
  • Michael Stuart GreenEmail author


Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) remains the gold standard treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is a less invasive approach than traditional suprapubic or retropubic open prostatectomy. However due to the significant complication associated with the procedure, including TURP syndrome, other techniques have been developed that resulted in the steady decline of its use. TURP can be performed utilizing either general or spinal anesthesia with advantages and disadvantages related to both anesthetic methods. Anesthetic concerns and complications during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases are discussed. Early detection and prevention remains the most important factors in reducing complications and shortening the recovery period.


TURP syndrome Prostatic hyperplasia Transurethral resection of prostate Urinary tract Water intoxication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative MedicineDrexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative MedicineDrexel University College of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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