FAQs to Help Overcome Your Fears of a Prostate Biopsy

FAQs to Help Overcome Your Fears of a Prostate Biopsy
After my urologist felt “a suspicious lump” and scheduled me for a prostate biopsy, anxiety and fear became  my constant companions. There were two primary sources of my fear. The first involved my fear of the procedure. The second involved the fear of receiving my biopsy results. Knowing next to nothing about a prostate biopsy,

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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.


  1. Tom Poole says:

    I had my first prostate biopsy 8 years ago and it was one of the most painful experiences of my life. Fortunately, the result were negative but after 8 years of active surveillance, it became time to have another biopsy. I was really dreading this.
    My 2nd biopsy was performed by a urologist that had been recommended by one of the top prostate surgeons in the northeast. This experience was totally different. The lidocaine injection was nearly painless (maybe 1 or 2 on scale of 0 – 10) and the actual biopsy of 13 samples was absolutely painless. It was really a 0.
    My point is that the biopsy does not have to be painful if performed by an experienced and skillful urologist. As with any life-threatening condition I feel that it is imperative to seek out the most highly qualified doctors you can find, not your local physician (unless he falls into the world class category). Even if it means traveling some distance, it is worth it. Your life and certainly your long-term quality of life both depend on it.

    • Steve says:

      Thank you for that Tom. I go for my first this Thursday. And, it will be done by one of the top specialists in the field regionally. Again, many thanks.

    • Absolutely agree. I had spoken to several men who had painful experiences and was scared to death. After some research I found a great urologist and had a similar experience to your own. Lidocaine eased the procedure and made it easy to go through – Dennis …TheProstateCancerCoach

  2. Gloria Durst says:

    I appreciate your comment on how you should check how your urologist intends to reduce pain during your prostate surgery. It would seem important to know what kind of anesthetic they will use and what the procedure will be. My husband needs prostate surgery so we’ll have to find out about the anesthetic as well as the procedure itself.

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