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Transrectal or transperineal prostate biopsy

Ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies

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

About

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

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.
Consultant in theatres

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.

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Christie Private Care

    Wilmslow Road

    Manchester M20 4BX

    General enquiries 0161 918 7296
    Existing patients 0161 918 7538
    Insurance & Pricing 0161 446 3480

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    The Prostate Centre

    32 Wimpole Street

    London

    W1G 8GT

    Enquiries and appointments 020 7935 9720

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
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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