There is a lot of news out there and some questionable information regarding whether or not you should undergo a comprehensive screening or biopsy for a more serious prostate disorder. The controversy lies in the cost/benefit of the screening considering it’s invasive nature due to the fact that malignant prostate issues have a tendency to grow very slowly. Ultimately the ONLY way to make an accurate assumption is to talk to your doctor and your doctor only. We are talking about a procedure that is done once major prostate dysfunction has been established. And that establishment needs to be done specifically by your doctor.
Understanding a Prostate Biopsy –
A Prostate biopsy is a medical procedure that involves the removal of suspicious and unidentified tissue from the prostate. The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in men that produces fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.A prostate biopsy is what is known as a “core needle biopsy”. During this procedure a fine needle is used in order to collect a number of tissue samples from your prostate gland. This type of procedure is only undertaken by a urologist who usually only recommends it if results from an initial test including a “prostate-specific antigen” (PSA) blood test comes back indicating you might be positive for a life threatening prostate disorder. A prostate biopsy may also be recommended if a digital rectal exam. Also known as a (DRE) comes back suggesting you have a life threatening prostate issue as well.After the initial prostate biopsy is performed the tissue samples are examined under a high powered microscope and the urologist or laboratory looks for abnormal cells. If there is a larger issue they determine how dangerous the situation is and from there they determine the best course of treatment.
Risks of a Prostate Biopsy – Prostate Biopsy’s as of late have become a controversial procedure because there are risks associated with the procedure. And those risks can outweigh potential benefits. Those risks include:
- Infection: This is the most common risk of a prostate biopsy. However it is rare that a urinary tract infection of the magnitude requiring antibiotics will be present.
- Bleeding at the Biopsy Site: It is common for rectal bleeding to occur after a prostate biopsy. You have to remember that there are a large amount of blood vessels back there. So it is important to avoid blood thinners after your biopsy unless your doctor specifically says it is ok. ALWAYS listen to your doctor.
- Blood in your Semen: It is common to notice a red or rusty discoloration of your semen after a prostate biopsy. This is usually no cause for concern. Blood in your semen may persist for several weeks after a prostate biopsy.
- Difficulty Urinating: In some men a prostate biopsy can cause some difficulty in passing urine. Especially after the procedure. It is rare. But some men require catheterization.
Preparing for a Prostate Biopsy:
What is required for your health in relation to your biopsy is ultimately up to your doctor. However he may recommend the following.
- Stop taking medication such as Warfariun, aspirin, ibuprophen or certain herbal supplements that can increase your bleeding risk.
- Do a cleansing Enema at home prior to the biopsy. Your doctor may recommend that you undergo a cleansing enema prior to when your biopsy begins.
- Take a cycle of anti biotics 30 to 60 minutes before your prostate biopsy in order to prevent infection.