What are the risks of a TUIP for BPH?

Marc B. Garnick, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP) is an operation used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), in which incisions are made in the prostate tissue to relieve pressure on the urethra and alleviate urinary difficulties.

There appear to be fewer postoperative complications of TUIP -- including retrograde ejaculation (an adverse effect of prostate surgery that causes semen to flow back into the bladder rather than out through the penis), urinary incontinence (the involuntary leakage of urine), and blood loss -- than with transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), the most common procedure for BPH, in which excess prostate tissue is cut away. A quarter of men who've undergone TUIP experience retrograde ejaculation, but more than 70% of those who've had TURP do.

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