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Transurethral Incision of the prostate

Transurethral Incision of the prostate (TUIP)

TUIP is for men who are experiencing obstruction problems and have a relatively small prostate. The procedure takes about 20 minutes, under general or epidural anaesthetics. As with a TURP, an instrument will be passed up through the penis up the urethra. Here a TUIP differs from a TURP, as one or two small cuts are made in the neck of the bladder and in the prostate. This allows the bladder neck to spring apart and urine to flow more freely.

After the incision, you will be catheterised at the end of the operation. This allows urine to drain away freely. The catheter will be removed after 24-48 hours and you will normally leave hospital after urinating normally.

Potential complications of TUIP:

  • Retrograde ejaculation-This is where semen passes backwards into the bladder into the bladder during orgasm, rather than out through the penis. This is not harmful; you will pass the semen mixed with urine next time you urinate.
  • Retrograde ejaculation may reduce your fertility, though it does not make you sterile.