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I had cryotherapy about 2 years a go. Before and since then my urine flow has been slowing. Have taken both types of prescription drugs to improve the condition but they didn't help much. Before to long I will probably have a TURP. My question is: What type of TURP procedure is the most successful? I was on a pubic catheter for 41 days after my cryotherapy and it was misery. I prefer not going through that again. What should I be asking my urologist?
Jim, I had a TURP after 5 years of poor and worsening urine flow. It was during the TURP that the uro took 13 needles and found some small amount of cancer.
But the TURP itself was a great success for me. Amazingly as well as improving my flow it improved my sex life! I think this was because it cured all the inflammation in that area. Also my PSA went down from 1.6 to 0.99 (despite having 2 needles with less than 5% each of cancer).
I'm not sure if after cryo you have ED issues, but if you don't then check with the uro that he/she is confident about sparing you any ED problems. I not only had no ED issues but even maintained ejaculation. My uro told me that there are ways of doing the TURP so that this can be done.
As for your question about what methods there are I don't know. Mine took about 15 grams of chippings away leaving me with a 50 gram plus prostate. It really was a great operation for me and improved my life no end. Then of course I went and had a Da Vinci prostatectomy........and that, as they say, is a whole other story!
I assume, when you ask What type of TURP procedure is the most successful? you are referring to the three differing procedures used to reduce the pressure on the urethra and increase the flow of urine from the bladder?
The three procedures to which I refer are
1. the surgical TURP (Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate) – the most common of the procedures that is often referred to as a rotor rooter job
2. TUMT (transurethral microwave thermotherapy of the prostate)
3. TUNA (transurethral needle ablation of the prostate)
There are two Yana mentors whose medical practitioners considered using a TUMT (transurethral microwave thermotherapy) procedure - TOM HERRICK and BUD WOODWARD and you might get some information from them, but from what you have said, I would think that the issue is a complex one that needs the advice of a well qualified professional rather than from us amateurs.