TRUS Biopsy

Transrectal Ultrasound Guided needle biopsy

Procedure

  • An ultrasound probe is used to guide collection of multiple prostate tissue specimens  for  analysis. A pathologist will review the tissue to diagnose prostate cancer.

Anaesthetic

  • GA sedation

Duration

  • 30minutes
  • Day procedure

Preparation

  • Noroxin antibiotics required before & after biopsy
  • Cease Aspirin or equivalent "blood thinning" medications before biopsy
  • Fasting for 6 hours prior

Risks

  • Minor rectal bleeding
  • Transient haematuria (blood in urine) and haematospermia (blood in sperm) (30%)
  • Urinary tract infection (3%)
  • Sepsis (0.5%)

Due to risk of potential sepsis, I no longer perform TRUS prostate biopsies in my practice. I only perform Transperineal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies to investigate abnormal PSA levels.