In most men, TUIP improves the ability to urinate and eases related symptoms. It may be a few weeks to months before you notice the full benefits of treatment.

Your doctor will want to have regular follow-up appointments to check the condition of your prostate and to discuss any symptom changes.

If the procedure doesn't do enough to lessen your symptoms, you may need to consider additional treatment steps. A number of men who undergo TUIP need a follow-up procedure to treat prostate enlargement, particularly after several years have passed.

After TUIP, it's important to have a digital rectal exam once a year to check your prostate and screen for prostate cancer, as you would normally. If you notice any worsening urinary symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor.

July 23, 2013