Prostate surgery and laser prostate surgery at Spire Dunedin Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £5,595

At Spire Dunedin Hospital, our consultants provide prostate surgery for an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) to relieve urinary difficulties. The growth of the prostate is normal as men age.

Symptoms are caused by the enlarged prostate pressing on the urethra and bladder. Your consultant can treat this by removing or isolating the blood flow to prostate tissue, using a procedure of your choice. 

Sometimes also called

  • Transurethral prostatic resection
  • TURP procedure or TURP surgery
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
  • Laser prostate surgery (HoLEP or Greenlight)
  • UroLift®
  • Prostate artery embolisation (PAE)

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    1-3 nights

  • Procedure duration
    45-90 minutes

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal, epidural or local

  • Available to self-pay?

  • Covered by health insurance?

Why Spire?

  • You can usually see a consultant within a few days of enquiry
  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Flexible payment options to make it easy and more affordable

Prostate surgery: what to expect at Spire Dunedin

Spire Dunedin is a well-established private hospital and we take pride in delivering a high standard of care to our patients in Reading and the surrounding Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire areas.

Our urologists are specialists in men’s health, with peer reviewed expertise in prostate surgery. Our dedicated nurses will provide you with expert aftercare, to help you get back to your usual activities as soon as possible.

You can expect fast access to diagnostic tests and scans, consultations and treatments. It usually takes around two weeks from referral or diagnosis by your consultant to undergoing prostate surgery. 

How much does Prostate surgery and laser prostate surgery cost at Spire Dunedin Hospital

Prostate surgery is available from £5,595.

It's a common operation to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

You can trust Spire Dunedin Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself. 2 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for prostate surgery at Spire Dunedin

We offer a variety of treatments for prostate surgery. Treatment choices available to you will depend on your condition and your general health. Your consultant will discuss which treatment is best for you.

The type of anaesthetic you need varies depending on the procedure you need. It may be:

  • A general anaesthetic meaning you’re asleep – this is most often used
  • A spinal or epidural – where you can’t feel anything from the waist down
  • A local anaesthetic – you’ll be awake but you won’t be able to feel anything in the area being operated on

Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)

  • A thin surgical tube is passed through your urethra and a small, electrically-heated wire is used to remove small pieces of prostate tissue
  • This procedure may be more suitable for men with an acute urine blockage or those with a catheter already in place
  • Usually performed under general anaesthetic, this is a 60 to 90 minute operation
  • A urinary catheter will be fitted for around one to three days after the operation
  • There are no stitches or dressings after this operation

Transurethral electrovaporisation of the prostate (TUVP)

  • Similar to TURP, but a rollerball instead of a wire loop is used to apply electrical energy to the tissue 
  • Performed under general or spinal anaesthetic
  • A catheter is still required, but may be for a shorter time than TURP

Laser Prostate Surgery

  • Carried out using high powered laser energy (HoLEP or Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate) to remove or enucleate obstructive tissue
  • A small flexible fibre-optic tube is passed into the urethra, with light pulsed down this to tube generating intense heat
  • Performed under general anaesthetic
  • Minimal pain and bleeding post-operatively
  • There are no stitches or dressings after this operation
  • Usually a urinary catheter is fitted for around one to three days after the operation, but it may be for a shorter time than with TURP 

Prostate artery embolisation (PAE)

  • A radiological intervention carried out through a radial artery in your wrist
  • Shrinks the size of your prostate by blocking the arteries that feed it
  • Performed using local anaesthetic
  • Carried out as a day case with some patients walking around within 15 minutes of procedure
  • A urinary catheter isn’t usually required
  • May take up to two months for full results to be felt

Rezum (water vapour treatment of the prostate)

  • Water or steam under pressure is used to destroy prostate tissue
  • Performed using general anaesthetic as a day case
  • Procedure takes up to 40 minutes with no stitches or dressings after this operation
  • A urinary catheter is fitted, as the prostate swells temporarily afterwards - this is removed as an outpatient within seven days

Every treatment has its own benefits and risks which your consultant will explain to you during your consultation.

Preparing for prostate surgery at Spire Dunedin

Coming into hospital

Spire Dunedin Hospital is conveniently situated close to the heart of Reading, on the A4 Bath Road. We’re a short walk from Reading West station and a 10 minute taxi from Reading mainline station with direct trains to and from London. There’s free parking available for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

You’ll meet your consultant in one of our consultation rooms. You’ll discuss:

  • Your symptoms and medical history
  • If your consultant requires any additional tests or scans to help plan your treatment
  • Alternative treatments or lifestyle changes which may help
  • What the treatment involves and procedure options
  • Potential benefits and risks of prostate surgery

You may also need a pre-operative assessment with a specialist nurse before going ahead with treatment. This is to ensure you're fit and well enough for surgery.

Prostate surgery: your procedure

The procedures we offer at Spire Dunedin can take from 60 to 90 minutes and are largely painless. Certain treatments often don’t require an overnight stay.

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they're welcome to wait in our lounge, restaurant, or our garden if the weather is good, while you have your operation.

After some surgical procedures, you may need a urinary catheter until the swelling in your urethra has gone down, allowing you to pass urine normally again. This will be taken out by one of our nurses before you leave hospital – which can be up to two nights after your operation.

During your stay, you’ll have your own, en-suite room which will have:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Window
  • Television
  • Guest seating

Q & A

Sandy Gujral, Consultant Urologist Surgeon

Talking about prostate surgery

Prostate surgery: your recovery

Our nurses will provide you with medication to help you manage any pain following your operation. They’ll also give you advice about over-the-counter medications you can use while at home, and anything you should or shouldn’t do.

Your recovery time will depend on the procedure you've had and your overall health. Getting back to work will also depend on the nature of your job. Follow your consultant’s specific advice about heavy work or strenuous activity.

Although everyone’s different, here’s a typical timeline for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) - the most common procedure: 

Treatment and recovery timeline

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1-3 days

Catheter is removed and you can leave hospital

1-3 weeks

Driving and gentle walking

3-4 weeks

Back to desk-based job and sex if you’re comfortable enough

4-8 weeks

Full recovery

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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