transurethral resection of the prostate

Pronunciation: (TRANZ-yoo-REE-thrul ree-SEK-shun ... PROS-tayt)

Surgery to remove tissue from the prostate using an instrument inserted through the urethra. Also called TURP.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). Tissue is removed from the prostate using a resectoscope (a thin, lighted tube with a cutting tool at the end) inserted through the urethra. Prostate tissue that is blocking the urethra is cut away and removed through the resectoscope.

Date last modified: 2009-10-05