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Old 11-05-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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does prostate biopsy hurt

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Old 11-05-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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Mine did not, but everyone is different.

 
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: does prostate biopsy hurt

I would say it was as described - a slight pinch. I was surprised by the number of "pinches". I actually had to have two biopsies as the first showed no cancer, but other things that were questionable. Both times they took 12 samples - 6 from each side. Not sure how many your doctor plans on taking - but my guess is it will be a multiple of 6 since there are two sides and each side they take samples from the top, middle, and bottom.

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Old 11-05-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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I had two also, both 12 samples. During the prep the ultrasonic probe is inserted. The urologist and a helper move the probe around and collect the needles. They inject novocain or something similar before doing the biopsy, so it is not really painful. To me it was somewhat like having a tooth drilled, with kind of an expectation of pain, but it was more discomfort than pain. I felt the snap of each needle, and I was counting each one. After the doctor gets started, it takes maybe 10 minutes or so to finish but it seems longer. After my first biopsy, the thing that bothered me most was a strong urge to urinate (with nothing there) for an hour or so. I didn't have that problem with the second one, but with the second one I had a little bleeding and they kept me around for a few minutes to make sure it was OK.

 
Old 11-05-2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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In case you weren't informed, its normal to have blood in ejaculations after a biopsy. Nothing to be concerned about.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:26 AM   #6
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Have had two and while they were uncomfortable, not much hurt. Probably more damage to your dignity than anything else.

 
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hi im due for a prostate biospy within the next 2 weeks im worried about it will it hurt can i be knocked out also got to have a colonsopy dreddin both regards paul

 
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hi im due for a prostate biospy within the next 2 weeks im worried about it will it hurt can i be knocked out also got to have a colonsopy dreddin both regards paul
I've also had two prostate biopsies. I would say there is a little pain, more of a little dull pain than anything else. The anticipation of pain was the worst part. Just try to focus on something else. It doesn't last very long. I don't know if some doctors will give anesthesia or not - it was not offered to me.

For the colonoscopy, I was given something that completely wiped out my memory of the procedure. I was told I was semiconscious, but I didn't remember a thing.

 
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Re: does prostate biopsy hurt

I fainted the first time I had a biopsy and the Uro shot me with those 18 gauge biopsy needles. It hurt like a mofo! On my second biopsy, I was put under and was drowsy all day. The third time, at a better hospital, the Uro numbed the area with a lidocaine numbing cream, then a nerve block -- that was the best. I didn't feel a thing, was awake the whole time, and was able to walk out on my own, fully alert. Tell the Uro you want a nerve block -- it's your decision to make.

 
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I've also had two prostate biopsies. I would say there is a little pain, more of a little dull pain than anything else. The anticipation of pain was the worst part. Just try to focus on something else. It doesn't last very long. I don't know if some doctors will give anesthesia or not - it was not offered to me.

For the colonoscopy, I was given something that completely wiped out my memory of the procedure. I was told I was semiconscious, but I didn't remember a thing.
thankyou for letting me no regards paul

 
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I fainted the first time I had a biopsy and the Uro shot me with those 18 gauge biopsy needles. It hurt like a mofo! On my second biopsy, I was put under and was drowsy all day. The third time, at a better hospital, the Uro numbed the area with a lidocaine numbing cream, then a nerve block -- that was the best. I didn't feel a thing, was awake the whole time, and was able to walk out on my own, fully alert. Tell the Uro you want a nerve block -- it's your decision to make.
thankyou for letting me no regards paul

 
Old 09-13-2011, 08:42 AM   #12
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I am not sure what type of proceedure Tall Allen had but my experience is much like the others. It was a little uncomfortable but not bad. Like you, I was thinking I could have my colonoscopy and prostate biopsy at the same time. No such luck. First, it is two different people (at least in my case) and I think one is a "dirty" proceedure while the other is a bit more "clean". Again, in my case with the prostate test they had me take a very high dose of anti-biotic for 3-4 days before as they want to protect against any sort of infection. I assume if you have a colonoscopy at the same time the risk of infection woudl be much higher .... I am sure I do not need to explain the proceedure!

I also had it done twice. You should be aware that the prostate is extremely small and the biopsy is sort of a hit or miss proceedure. They typically take multipel samples from both sides and will get samples from the top, middle and bottom of each side. They also took 2 samples from each each site. This amounted to 12 "sticks". For me it was like a pinch and mothing more. It is done through the rectum and that is where it is a bit ... may I say uncomfortable.

I had to have my test repeated (as one of the previous posters did). The first time the results were negative fro CA but it did report what is called High Grade PIN. This is a report of abnormal cells that like the PSA is inconclusive but is an indicator there might be a problem. They wait a couple of months before repeating to make sure all the swelling goes does down. The second biopsy found the CA but for me it was only in 1 of the 12 cores and in only 10% of the sample. They will also grade the CA on a gleason scale.

I hope your test is negative. If you need additional information or you find there are more steps - come back and ask more questions. Good luck.

 
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I am not sure what type of proceedure Tall Allen had but my experience is much like the others. It was a little uncomfortable but not bad. Like you, I was thinking I could have my colonoscopy and prostate biopsy at the same time. No such luck. First, it is two different people (at least in my case) and I think one is a "dirty" proceedure while the other is a bit more "clean". Again, in my case with the prostate test they had me take a very high dose of anti-biotic for 3-4 days before as they want to protect against any sort of infection. I assume if you have a colonoscopy at the same time the risk of infection woudl be much higher .... I am sure I do not need to explain the proceedure!

I also had it done twice. You should be aware that the prostate is extremely small and the biopsy is sort of a hit or miss proceedure. They typically take multipel samples from both sides and will get samples from the top, middle and bottom of each side. They also took 2 samples from each each site. This amounted to 12 "sticks". For me it was like a pinch and mothing more. It is done through the rectum and that is where it is a bit ... may I say uncomfortable.

I had to have my test repeated (as one of the previous posters did). The first time the results were negative fro CA but it did report what is called High Grade PIN. This is a report of abnormal cells that like the PSA is inconclusive but is an indicator there might be a problem. They wait a couple of months before repeating to make sure all the swelling goes does down. The second biopsy found the CA but for me it was only in 1 of the 12 cores and in only 10% of the sample. They will also grade the CA on a gleason scale.

I hope your test is negative. If you need additional information or you find there are more steps - come back and ask more questions. Good luck.
hi i have a large prostate gland which is pressing on my bladder thats why i must have a prostate biospy not looking forward to it or the colonoscopy being a baby when it comes to pain thankyou for letting me to what expect on the day regards paul

 
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Re: does prostate biopsy hurt

For the colonoscopy, a combination of Versed (midazolam) and an opioid (like Demerol or Fentanyl) is commonly used. The best though, if you can talk your doctor into it, is propofol. Its effects wear off in minutes rather than hours, so there is no residual drowsiness and you are fully alert the rest of the day. It does require an anaesthesiologist to be present during the whole procedure, so it is more expensive. Great stuff if you can get it -- ask Michael Jackson! ;-)

 
Old 09-15-2011, 12:43 PM   #15
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Hi,

My biopsy was done under General anaesthetic. There was a little discomfort for a few days after when I was peeing, a little sting but I think this was down to an infection. All in all its worth it to put your mind at rest.

good Luck.

 
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