When it comes to a prostate biopsy, it's nice to know what you're in for before you have the procedure done.
This is my experience with a recent transrectal biopsy after being diagnosed with an enlarged prostate.
This procedure is typically done in the office of a physician such as a urologist. It can also be carried out in a hospital or a day surgery center. It's usually done with the accompanying use of a local anesthetic. The prostate biopsy can be painful without it.
The patient lies in one of several possible positions. The physician uses a special prostate biopsy “gun” to drive ultra-fine biopsy needles (about half an inch long and a sixteenth of an inch in diameter) through the rectum wall and into the prostate. This gun is used in combination with a transrectal ultrasound “probe,”. This lets the doctor “see” where the biopsy needles are being placed in the prostate. Each hollow needle removes fine cylindrical cores of prostate tissue in about a second.
The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Finally, the core samples are sent to a lab to be analyzed.
After the procedure, you can expect to have blood in your stool, urine and sperm for about a week.
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