Reduction of length of stay and cost of transurethral resection of the prostate by early catheter removal

E. J. Ml'Eller, E. J. Zeidman, P. M. Desmond, I. M. Thompson, S. A. Optenberg, J. Wasson

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Objective: To determine whether early removal of the indwelling Foley catheter after transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) significantly shortens the hospital stay without causing additional morbidity and thus saves costs. Patients and methods: For the year commencing 1 July 1991, 119 patients who had undergone TURP had their indwelling catheter removed on the first day after surgery. The results and morbidity of this group of patients were compared with those in 152 patients undergoing TURP during the previous year. The economic consequences of this protocol were calculated using both Medicare and CHAMPUS data. Results: The demographics of the patients in both groups were similar. Postoperative complications occurred in 5% of the study patients and in 6.6% of controls; a transfusion was required in 2.5% and 1.3%, clot retention developed in 1.7% and 3.3% and the hospital stay was reduced from 3.1 to 1.28 days in the study and control patients, respectively. Using Medicare data, the mean cost saving of early catheter removal would be $829 and $1406 for patients aged <70 and > 70 years, respectively. For CHAMPUS patients, the cost saving would be $1983. Conclusion: Early removal of the catheter after TURP did not increase morbidity and maintained the efficacy of the procedure. If this practice was adopted nationally, the savings resulting from the reduction in hospital stay would be considerable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-896
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Urology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996


  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Catheter removal
  • Cost
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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