Is this done in the hospital or the office?
A prostate biopsy is done in the office.
May I have it under general anesthesia?
Most insurance will not approve this due to the significant increase in the cost of doing it in the hospital.
Will I be put to sleep?
No. Anesthetic is injected locally through the ultrasound probe to numb the area of the prostate before the biopsies are taken.
How long will I be out of work?
Usually, the day of the procedure and the following day is enough.
Will there be any bleeding?
There may be blood in the urine for a few days, or off and on for 2 weeks. The same goes for rectal bleeding. Blood in the semen is usually red, then turns brown over time and may last for up to 2 months.
Do I need antibiotics?
Yes, you do. You should start the morning of the biopsy and continue until all the medicine is gone, usually for 5 days.
Do I have to have an enema? Why can’t I just take a laxative?
An enema just cleanses the rectum where the probe contacts the prostate. A laxative may cause liquid stool which would coat the probe and cause the procedure to be rescheduled.
When will I get my test results?
We usually make a 1-week follow-up appointment to check you for urine infections and to go over your pathology test results.