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Prostate scraping: how it’s done and recovery time

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Prostate scraping, also called TUR (Transurethral Resection), is a technique for endoscopic surgical clearing of the prostate. The procedure aims to treat prostate enlargement, which has among its symptoms the difficulty urinating.

According to Rodrigo Wilson Andrade, urologist at Hospital Albert Sabin, surgery is indicated when there is urinary obstruction caused by the size of the prostate that is not resolved by medication.

The technique can also be applied in cases of need to use a probe for urinary retention, especially when this retention causes renal failure. When these symptoms are not clinically controlled, scaling is indicated.



How is recovery done

The procedure is done with spinal anesthesia, in which only one region of the body loses sensation. Then, endoscopic blunt scraping, performed through the urethra, begins.

After surgery, the patient can stay in the hospital for up to 48 hours. During the recovery process, the probe is used, as well as bladder lavage and irrigation to prevent blood clots.

Rodrigo explains that the first post-surgical week calls for relative rest. It is important that the patient avoids great efforts, has easy access to the bathroom and maintains good hydration.

possible complications

As with any surgical procedure, prostate scraping can also pose risks. According to Rodrigo, the technique is not done in an open way, that is, there is no possibility of performing stitches on the spot.



Thus, it is necessary to carry out electrical cauterization, which causes a burn in order to stop the blood. If there are complications, such as eschar formation, the patient may have blood clots or new bleeding, even after the discharge period.

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“A possible long-term complication is sclerosis, which we call bladder neck stenosis, which is the very small part of the transition from the prostate to the bladder. The patient becomes obstructed, urinating badly again and with urinary retention”, explains the urologist.

Also according to the doctor, a common consequence in most patients who undergo surgery or treat obstruction with medications is the retrograde ejaculation. This means that, although the erection occurs normally, when reaching orgasm, no liquid is emitted by the penis.

“The sperm joins the urine in the bladder and is then eliminated when the patient is urinating”, explains Rodrigo.

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However, the specialist points out that the surgery is considered traditional and its indication is only made when drug treatment is not successful.

“Those who need surgery due to treatment failure, by choice or due to a disease that is already in a more serious stage, with complications of urinary obstruction, can rest assured. The surgery is very well established, standardized and well done, with excellent results”, concludes the doctor.



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