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Trans-rectal Ultrasound Guided Biopsy

A prostate biopsy provides pathologists with samples of your prostate tissue for clinical examination.

What to expect:

This is a procedure that takes about 10 minutes and is performed under local anesthetic.


•Please have your pre-procedure blood/urine sample done about a week prior to the procedure.

•Please commence the antibiotics the day before the procedure and continue to take them each day until completed. This is to prevent any infection.

•Please cease any anticoagulant or blood thinning medications as required.

How is the procedure performed?

The biopsies are taken using ultrasound guidance which allows for a very accurate sampling of the prostate. A probe is passed via the back passage a few centimeters until it is adjacent to the prostate. Dr Smith usually takes around 26 cores to be sent to pathologists.


You go home straight after this procedure and are fine to resume normal duties including driving. It is normal to see some blood in the urine and some people see blood in bowel motions. You can also expect to have rust colored semen. Occasionally these above observations can last for some weeks.

There is a 2-3% risk of infection and therefore it is important you complete the full course of antibiotics.

Follow up:

Dr Smith will see you in the rooms to discus the biopsy results 1-2 weeks after your procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns please call the rooms.

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