A prostate biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the prostate. The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in males that produces fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
During a prostate biopsy a needle is used to collect a number of tissue samples from your prostate gland. The procedure is performed by a doctor who specializes in the urinary system and male sex organs (urologist).
Your urologist may recommend a prostate biopsy if results from initial tests, such as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or digital rectal exam, suggest that you may have prostate cancer. Tissue samples from the prostate biopsy are examined under a microscope for cell abnormalities that are a sign of prostate cancer. If cancer is present, it is evaluated to determine how quickly it's likely to progress and to determine your best treatment options.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Prostate Biopsy?
A patient may take about four to six weeks or even more recover after a prostate biopsy. The recovery process after biopsy usually depends on the patient's health and age. Doctors may recommend only light activities for 24-48 hours after a prostate biopsy. The doctor prescribes painkillers, vitamins, and antibiotics for a few days to speed up the healing process.
What Can I Expect After a Prostate Biopsy?
After the biopsy it is normal to experience the following sensations or
. Burning with urination – It is normal to feel burning with urination for
the first 24 hours after the biopsy. It may continue for up to three days.
. Frequent urination – This will gradually improve over the first 24 to 36
. Blood in the urine – It is normal to have slightly red tinged urine or urine
that resembles a rose or red wine color. This may last from 12 hours to 3
weeks after the biopsy.
. Blood in stool – You may notice red stains on the toilet tissue or see some
bloody streaks in your stool. This may last for up to 5 days.
. Blood in the semen - this may persist for up to 6 weeks after your biopsy.
How Should I Care for Myself After the Biopsy?
. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent blood clots and infection in the bladder
. Avoid strenuous exercise such as jogging, heavy lifting, golfing, and bike
riding for at least 7 days.
. Take your antibiotics as directed and complete the full dose given.
. Do not drink alcoholic beverages until after completing your antibiotics.
. Do not take aspirin and anti-inflammatory products such as Celebrex
for 1 (one) week following prostate biopsy.
. Avoid sexual activity for 7 days.
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