Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (turp) Transurethral Incision of Prostate (tuip) Home Care

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Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) 

Transurethral Incision of Prostate (TUIP) 

Home Care



TURP – carving out pieces of the prostate tissue to relieve bladder outlet obstruction. 


TUIP – making incisions inside the prostate to open up and relieve bladder-neck/outlet 



Changes in Your Urine 

After surgery, you will have blood in your urine.  Your urine will begin to clear in 2-4 days but 

you may notice some bleeding for up to 6 weeks.  It takes the prostate this length of time to heal. 

 You may have cloudy urine and irritation or burning when you pass urine.  You may have some 

dribbling of urine at first.  This often clears up in the first couple of days.  You may also have 

urinary urgency or frequency for some time.  Medications may be needed to calm down the 



You will go home 1-2 days after surgery.  You may or may not go home with a catheter in place. 

 This depends on whether you can urinate on your own. 


Things to Do to Reduce Bleeding 

1.  Drink when thirsty.   

2.  Avoid letting your bladder get too full.  Such fullness causes pressure on your prostate.  

Urinate at least every 4 to 5 hours or sooner if you feel the need.  You can expect to pass ½ 

cup to 2 cups (150-450 ml.) of urine at one time. 

3.  Avoid constipation.  Straining can result in increased bleeding.  It is important that you do 

not strain with bowel movements.  Adding fruits and vegetables as well as fiber to your diet 

will help prevent constipation.  Your provider may order a stool softener or a mild laxative.  




Do nothing strenuous for 1 week after surgery.  


You may shower, but you may not take a tub bath if you go home with a catheter in place. 


You can slowly get back to your normal routines over the next 2 to 3 weeks.   


Here are some guidelines for you 

1.  First 2 days, after you leave the hospital, you will be at home.  Limit your activity.   


Do not lift anything over 15 pounds. 


Avoid heavy work. 


Do not ride in or drive a car except for the ride home from the hospital. 





3 – 7 days:  Start with short walks, and short car rides; increasing these as you feel better.  It 

is OK to drive short distances after 7 days, if not on a narcotic.     




2-3 weeks: You may further increase your activity.  It is very common to pass some bloody 

urine one or two times about a week after surgery.  This is nothing to be alarmed by and it 

usually stops on its own. You may have sex after the third week.  Do not be alarmed if no 

fluid appears on ejaculation.  At ejaculation, the fluid may go into the bladder and be passed 

in the urine.  Also, after 3 weeks, it is OK to ride a bike, riding lawn mower, or a horse as 

long as you are comfortable. 


When to Call the Doctor 


You cannot pass urine 


Your urine remains bloody and you cannot see through it (It is OK if urine is clear like 

cranberry juice.) 


You pass large blood clots 


Temperature is more than 100.4

 F by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart 


Follow-Up Care 

Your first follow-up visit will be made for you before you go home.  


Phone Numbers 


UW Health Urology   





UW Health at The American Center Urology 


UW Health One South Park Urology 




After Hours, Nights, Weekends, and Holidays, the clinic number is answered by the paging 

operator.  Ask for the Urology Doctor on call.  Leave your name and phone number with the area 

code.  The doctor will call you back. 


Toll Free: 1-844-607-4800 


Your medical record number _____________________________ 


Your urology doctor is Dr. ______________________________________ 




The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6527 



Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you 

have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This 

is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each 

person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using 

this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2015.  University of Wisconsin Hospitals 

and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#4257 

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