Precautions Before Biopsy Prostate
A prostate biopsy is referred only when the physician has leveraged earlier diagnostic tools that signal an abnormal prostate. Prostate biopsies are generally performed by a urogenital system specialist (urologist). Special precautions are required prior to the biopsy if the patient has a background of excessive bleeding or is presently taking blood-thinning drugs.
- You should start Noroxin or some other antibiotic as suggested for 3 days starting from day 1st before the biopsy.
- You will be administered with a small rectal enema to clean out the lower back passage, immediately after you are admitted to day process area.
- You must stop to take any drugs which thin the blood (anticoagulants) before the biopsy of prostate, as it may enable you experience excessive bleeding after the biopsy. Aspirin, Disprin, Asasantin, Cardiprin, Solprin, Persatin, Ticlid, Cartia, Plavix etc should be asked to cease at least 10 days.
- Warfarin, Marevan, Clexane, Heparin Trinoven (Red Clover), Fragmin, Coumadin, Ginko Biloba (Chinese herb) should be stopped to take at least 3 days prior to the biopsy.
- You will also be administered antibiotic drugs to be taken before the biopsy and for 2 day after the biopsy.
- After a prostate biopsy, you’ll often require to continue taking an antibiotic for a couple of days. You may experience slight soreness and have some slight bleeding from your rectum.
- You may have blood in your urine or stools for a couple of days.
- You may also notice that your semen has a pinkish texture due to a small amount of blood in your semen. This may last for more than a month.
- Climax and ejaculation must not experience any different than prior to the biopsy and no special precautions are suggested unless patients have a condition which could be disseminated by blood contact, like hepatitis or AIDS.
- The more severe risks after prostate biopsy are often not reported. Nearly 1% of men will have severe problem in urinating or may be unable to urinate after prostate biopsy. This is the result of temporary swelling in the prostate.
Roughly 1 out of 1000 men may experience a prostate infection or comprehensive bleeding after prostate biopsy. The patient should opt for more fluids to help reduce any burning sensation and the probabilities of a urinary tract infection.