Examination of the prostate with ultrasound gives us detailed information about the size, characteristics, symmetry and abnormalities in the prostate. The examination is usually coupled with a prostate biopsy. There are usually 6 biopsies on each side of the prostate and you feel these like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Most men tolerate the procedure without problems. The information is critical if your prostate feels abnormal, your prostate specific antigen (PSA) is abnormal, or if there is a suspicion for the presence of prostate cancer. A prostate biopsy is usually the safest choice when faced with these issues.
There is some preparation: you must abstain from any blood thinners for at least a week (aspirin, Plavix, warfarin, etc) and you give yourself an enema before you come to the office. You will take an antibiotic about 45 minutes before the biopsy along with some sedation. You will need a driver. The exam takes about 15 minutes.
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