• Prostate biopsy. What's that like?

    Asked by steve70x7 on Thursday, April 26, 2012

    Prostate biopsy. What's that like?

    I'll be having a biopsy next week and I'm a bit apprehensive about it.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • flkid's Avatar

      You will be fine, the one thing the doctor will not tell you is that is the area if you decide to have sex will be sore, most sites say do not have it for at least 4-5 weeks to let it heal, also it will be sore if you do and I had some blood up to six weeks, everyone is different.

      over 8 years ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar

      Waiting for the biopsy is one of the most anxiety producing parts of process in checking for prostate cancer. While most of the references will tell you that the actual biopsy is not nearly as bad as the anticipation, my experience is that you'll not believe them. However, I must admit the references were correct. In my case, the only part registering any pain was when the urologist injected a local anesthesia (two "pokes"). This was not much different than receiving a flu shot. After that, taking the twelve cores resulted in no more feeling than a mild pinching sensation. I'd say "belive me" but I know it's still hard to accept given the area being "invaded." Good Luck!!

      over 8 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      Hey Steve ...one of the best ways I found dealing with this journey is to try and eliminate all thoughts about it ...not easy ...but it can be done ...I like you was scared of the unknown ...and who wants that type of an invasion in the first place ...but as afterglow stated the injection was about the worst part .. The core samples went quickly ..and that was that a little blood for a day or so.... Kinda sore ...but if ur doc is good ..it will be over before you know it ... I hate when people say this to me
      "dont worry you'll be fine"
      ...But actually brother ...you will be :)
      Just focus on something else ...

      over 8 years ago
    • Kenster's Avatar

      Hey Steve, The prostate biopsy is certainly no fun, but it's not as bad as you're probably thinking it is. I had 18 cores taken and for me the worse part was setting in the car while my wife drove me home. I think the Novocaine, or whatever, began to wear off a little early and I was feeling pain during the 30 minute ride home. So I just laid my seat back and told my wife to tell me when we were home. After that I was fine and don't remember any pain or soreness from that point on. But, I do remember the Doc stating "no sex for 6 weeks". Good luck to and God Bless.

      over 8 years ago
    • fusilier's Avatar

      The biopsy itself was not too bad. A good doc will talk you through it. I found that by trying to hold a conversation during the procedure, I could take my mind off what was happening. Of course _I_ knew what I was doing, and _my doc_ knew what I was doing, so neither of us was particularly concerned about any actual discussion. ;^) ;^)

      Drink plenty of water. You will pass a clot or two, and it's a lot easier if you have a very full bladder to help the process along.

      SIT DOWN on the stool. I didn't do that and I passed out. I'd had three urinations standing up, and everything was fine. The fourth one, though ....

      Check my page for details.

      over 8 years ago
    • migsoon's Avatar

      When mine was done in 2004, they didn't do the painkiller. The doc said it wasn't needed. It went rather quickly and my best advice is to bring an MP3 player so you don't have to hear those "snaps" behind you as maybe the anticipation of the next one is actually worse than how it feels. Since I had TR ultrasound a few years before for a different disorder, I knew basically what to expect. Antibiotics should be in order prior to the procedure, but every doc has their own thing.
      The "wait" wasn't so bad. I figured it would be negative and it wasn't and the doc told me the "options"...
      I called my sister in law, after deciding on seeding, and was told the best oncologist for prostate cancer was just 30miles from my home. He took over from there basically.I had EBRT as I was hi risk for any surgery and my cancer was small. Excellent results as the cancer is gone butthe side effects fromthe treatment are not good for me.

      over 8 years ago
    • steve70x7's Avatar

      I got good news today. I don't need a biopsy. A cyctascope and another exam showed that it isn't a tumor, but some old scare tissue! Whoopie!

      over 8 years ago

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