Just had my biopsy - What an experience
Due to an elevated PSA level (4.5, free PSA of 17%) and my age (49), my urologist recommended a biopsy a couple of weeks back.
I just got back home from that dreaded appointment. What an experience that was.
He began by doing an ultrasound of my prostate. No blood test, no urine test, no DRE, nothing. Just directly to the ultrasound. I didn't see the tool he was inserting into my nether-region, and I didn't want to. But I swear, it felt like he was trying to dock the Titanic up there! He then numbed me up using what I guess were small needles that extended from the tool he was using.
While the numbing agent was taking effect, the doc rooted around in there and measured my prostate volume at 25 cc's. That measurement, he said, put my prostate at "small to average" in size. He also stated that the ultrasound did not show anything out of the ordinary. I guess that's good news but I would think that also rules out an enlarged prostate as the source of my elevated PSA numbers.
After a couple more minutes of looking around, he proceeded with the 12 needle core extractions. That was NOT pleasant at all! Although there was relatively little pain, it was extremely uncomfortable. I think the majority of the discomfort was my own doing since my anxiety levels were through the roof. I bet a Vicodin or something would have taken the edge off. I also had an extremely full bladder which I'm sure didn't help any since I was expecting them to do a urinalysis prior to the biopsy.
Within a few minutes, it was over and I was left to clean the pint of vaseline from around my posterior. After leaving the exam room, I headed straight to the rest room to let the tide out. There was a small amount of blood, but that was to be expected. I also had a few minutes of nausea and dizziness, but that has since passed.
Now comes the waiting.
JohnC - Wichita, KS