Transrectal or transperineal prostate biopsy

Ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies

A prostate biopsy involves taking tissue from the prostate and checking it for cancer


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Using ultrasound technology, we can do a biopsy (take samples of prostate tissue and send it for analysis) to find out if you have cancer and if it is likely to spread. We offer two types of biopsy: transrectal and transperineal.

Need to know

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    For a transrectal biopsy, we'll put an ultrasound probe into your rectum (back passage) to scan your prostate. We'll then pass a special needle through the probe to take 10 to 18 tissue samples. For a transperineal biopsy, we'll do the same, but we'll pass the needle through your perineum (the skin between your scrotum and rectum). We'll take 24 to 54 samples. A transrectal biopsy is normally done under a local anesthetic, which means we'll numb the area around your prostate. Occasionally, it may be carried out under a general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep. A transperineal biopsy is normally done under a general anaesthetic.
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    Your consultant will review your medical history and medications on the day of your procedure. They'll also explain the procedure itself. We may provide you with anti-embolism stockings, which help to prevent blood clots from passing into your lungs. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

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Our locations

From complex prostate surgery to urology tests and procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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