What complications can be associated with TULIP?

TULIP is a relatively safe procedure and involves minimal risks. The majority of patients treated with TULIP have experienced substantial improvement in their symptoms. Your doctor will discuss the potential risks before you decide to undergo surgical intervention.

Transurethral Ultrasound-Guided Laser-Induced Prostatectomy (TULIP), one of the very first laser systems designed for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, is an endoscopic intervention that does not imply external skin incision as the surgical instrument is introduced through the penis. Generally the next day after surgery, the bladder catheter is removed and in the absence of complications, the patient can be discharged. In case of blood in the urine, the medical staff may decide to keep the catheter for a few more days.

As with any other surgical procedure, TULIP can lead to complications such as:

  • Urethral stricture
  • Postoperative epididymitis
  • Stress incontinence
  • Discomfort or pain during urination
  • Blood loss
  • Impotence
  • Minor mechanical bladder perforation during the TULIP probe insertion

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