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Prostate Biopsy


Instructions for Prostate Biopsy


The procedure is performed with you lying on your side with your knees pulled up toward you chest. The ultrasound probe is placed in the Rectum and takes pictures of the inside of the prostate gland and the surrounding structures. Anesthesia is administered. Biopsies are obtained by passing a small needle into the prostate under ultrasound guidance. Most men experience no pain or memory of the procedure. The procedure normally takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The biopsy results are usually available within 3 to 4 days.

In preparation for the exam you should follow the instructions listed below

  • Obtain two adult fleet enemas and administer them the night before your scheduled appointment.
  • You have been given a prescription for an antibiotic to be taken 1 day prior to your biopsy and continued for three days.
  • If you are taking Coumadin, Aspirin, Plavix or Vitamin E please inform the office. This will need to be discontinued prior to your biopsy.
  • You may not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.

Precautions Following Your Prostate Biopsy

You may expect the following:

  • A small amount of blood streaking of your stools.
  • Bloody urine with passage of blood clots.
  • Blood in your semen with sexual activity – can last for weeks.

Approximately 1% of patients have complications which may occur that require immediate medical attention.

These can include:

  • Excessive bleeding per Rectum, such as bloody diarrhea or passage of numerous large clots.
  • Inability to urinate or voiding frequently small amounts.
  • Fever over 101 F, weakness, flushing, shaking, chills.

If you experience any of these, call the office immediately at 760-776-0040.

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