A prostate biopsy is an exam which consists of taking small samples of prostate tissue and examining them in the lab.
A biopsy is performed:
- if the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood has increased;
- if a transrectal prostate exam leads to suspicion of prostate cancer;
- for control purposes for prostate cancer patients;
A prostate biopsy is performed by a urologist, the biopsy exam—by a pathology lab technician.
The exam takes 30 minutes.
The results are available in 2 weeks.
Prostate biopsy price
What factors affect the price?
The prices indicated below apply to citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.
If you are coming from another country please check the price by telephoning or sending an email.
When are the examinations are carried out:
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- Consultation and exams in 1 day.
- The exam is performed under anaesthesia.
- The rate of hospital-acquired infections is 0 in 5 years.
- The exam is performed by some of the most experienced doctors in Lithuania.
What should you know about a prostate biopsy?
- Prior to a prostate biopsy, the patient will have antibiotics prescribed to prevent infections.
- The patient is advised not to eat much for half a day prior to the day of the procedure and drink only liquids (1.5-2 l) the night before.
- The patient should defecate before the procedure or clear the rectum with an enema, if needed.
- The patient must stop taking medication—peroral anticoagulants—at least 7 days prior to the procedure.
The exam is carried out under local or general anaesthesia, guided with ultrasound.
The patient is asked to either lie on their side or on their back or to kneel. Before the procedure, the doctor injects anaesthetics through the rectum.
A fine needle is inserted through the rectum to the prostate gland.
The accurate position of the needle and spots for the biopsy are controlled using transrectal ultrasound. A spring-loaded slender needle is usually used for the prostate biopsy. The needle quickly enters the prostate and takes tissue samples.
The procedure takes 30 minutes.
- you may drink liquids and eat after the procedure;
- limit physical activity for 4 hours after the procedure;
- do not forget to take antibiotics to prevent infections, as prescribed by the doctor;
- follow the doctor’s recommendations on hygiene after the biopsy.
After the procedure, you might feel:
- sore skin where anaesthetics were injected;
- discomfort or slight pain in the rectum and in the perineum where the biopsy needle was inserted;
- slight pain in the pelvis and notice blood in the urine for about 5 days.
Call your doctor if:
- bleeding from the rectum continues for 2-3 days;
- the pain is getting worse;
- you get a fever;
- you are unable to urinate for up to 8 hours;
- you notice blood in your urine for more than 3-5 days.