Short Urethral Catheter Traction Time after TUR-P: Does its effect outcome?


  • Sahachart Leelamanothum Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Rajavithi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Vorapot ChoonhaKlai Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, Rajavithi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand


short, urethral, traction time, TUR-P


Problem: Various techniques of urethral catheter traction after Transurethral Prostatectomy (TUR-P) were written on various literatures. Prolonged traction prevented bleeding but it may cause discomfort and pressure necrosis. In Campbellûs urology 9th edition suggested traction time for 7 minutes and we changed our technique to short traction time.

Objective: To study the prevalence of bleeding after short urethral catheter traction time after TUR-P.

Patients and methods: We retrospectively studied data from medical record during May 2008-January 2009, 25 patients age 57-93 years (mean 72.8 years) underwent TUR-P and urethral catheter traction 7-10 minutes. After the operation, all patients had continuous bladder irrigation. Data collection included indications for surgery, operative time, resected prostatic tissue, blood transfusion and postoperative bleeding.

Result: Major Indication was urinary retention 56% (14 cases). The mean operative time was 67 minutes (25-125) and the mean resected prostatic tissue was 17 grams. (1.5-75). Two cases (8%) needed intraoperative blood transfusion. None had active bleeding that need re-traction or electrocoagulation. Two cases (8%) had clot retention and needed manual bladder irrigation.

Conclusion: Short urethral catheter traction times (7-10 minutes) after TUR-P was good technique even in large prostate glands and prevented patient discomfort.


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Leelamanothum, S., & ChoonhaKlai, V. (2010). Short Urethral Catheter Traction Time after TUR-P: Does its effect outcome?. Insight Urology, 31(1), 21–26. Retrieved from



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