The Whys and Hows of Prostate Biopsy with Dr. Golden

Prostate ultrasound and biopsy involves the removal of tiny samples of prostate tissue to be later examined under a microscope. Dr. Rob Golden performs prostate biopsy in Spokane Valley with deftness and expertise.

Why Have a Prostate Biopsy?

This procedure is often recommended for male patients whose blood test reveals high levels of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) or whose results following rectal examination reveals an abnormal enlargement or lump in the prostate gland.

Once the biopsy result is revealed, the severity of the prostate cancer will be determined. With this knowledge in hand, the decision on how it should be treated will follow through.

How Should I Prepare for Prostate Biopsy?

Preparing for prostate ultrasound and biopsy in Spokane Valley involve the following:

1. Inform Dr. Golden or any of the attendants about previous allergies to medications and latex. Also, mention the current drugs you’re taking such as anticoagulants, blood thinners, and herbal remedies. Lastly, inform them about previous bleeding problems.

2. Stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Nurofen, Voltarol, Arthrotec, and Aspirin 5 to 10 days before your biopsy schedule.

3. You may have to give yourself an enema before you come to the clinic.

What Should I Expect During the Procedure?

You will be asked to take an antibiotic orally 45 minutes to an hour before the procedure. Antibiotics are given to prevent infection which could occur during the procedure.

You will be asked to lie on your left side and an ultrasound probe will then be passed up to your anus. A gloved finger may be used to re-examined your prostate beforehand. A local anesthetic may be applied to make you more comfortable. A spring-loaded needle is used to obtain samples. While the needle is taking samples, you may hear a snapping sound and feel a slight sting, such as that of a rubber band.

The results of your prostate biopsy would most likely be available within 3 to 4 days after the procedure.

Contact us now for a personal consultation with Dr. Golden. We will help you achieve optimum urologic health through our individualized programs. The intention of the practice is to treat all patients with respect, honor and compassion. Our job is to diagnose and offer treatment for all acute and chronic urologic problems in an environment of healing, serving, transforming and compassion.

Call us at (509).921.0099 or fill out this online contact form for your queries on prostate biopsy in Spokane Valley.  We look forward to your visit!

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