Prostate Biopsy

Men at risk for prostate cancer are often evaluated with transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy. During this office based procedure a small probe (the width of two fingers) is placed in the rectum. The prostate is evaluated for signs of prostate cancer with ultrasound. The ultrasound also allows precise delivery of local anesthetic. The prostate biopsy is performed with a small needles and 12-16 small section of prostate tissue are removed and sent for pathologic analysis. The procedure typically takes less that 15 minutes and pain medication is generally not needed afterwards. Biopsy results are usually received a week after the procedure. A small amount of bleeding may occur after the biopsy, but typically this resolves promptly