Risks of TUNA include:

  • Urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are a possible complication after any enlarged prostate procedure. An infection is increasingly likely to occur the longer you have a tube to drain urine (urinary catheter) in place after the procedure. It may require antibiotics or other treatment.
  • Need for retreatment. Some men who have TUNA later require more treatment to ease urinary symptoms — usually surgery. Some men need further treatment because they develop long-term prostate irritation that can cause swelling and pain (chronic prostatitis).
  • New onset or worsening urinary symptoms. In some cases, TUNA can result in a chronic inflammation within the prostate that can cause irritative urinary symptoms such as frequency, urgency and in some cases pain with urination.
July 23, 2013