Knowing next to nothing about a prostate biopsy, I did what is second nature when needing information. I went online and searched "preparing for a prostate biopsy," and received more than 150,000 Google hits. My eyes glazed over. The amount of information was overwhelming.
I allowed my fears to determine the questions that needed answers. I've come to believe that anyone who is told they need a prostate biopsy should receive a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Here's my list of questions; hopefully, the answers will reduce your fears as it did mine.How is a prostate biopsy performed? A transrectal biopsy is the most common method used. A thin needle is inserted through the rectum, into the prostate. Several thin cylindrical "cores" of prostate tissue are removed and examined for prostate cancer. Is the procedure painful? The experience of pain is highly subjective. You should know if or how your urologist plans to reduce your pain. If you're told there's no need to reduce the pain, it's my suggestion you insist on pain relief. With pain relief, I'd say my pain level was at six on a scale with 10 being the most painful. Thankfully, the test doesn't take very long. What are the ways to reduce the pain? My urologist injected lidocaine, which is a numbing drug