How much will a biopsy hurt?


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  • Reese
    2 months ago

    I had my first biopsy about 6 weeks ago through the rectum. It was done in the doctors office. My PSA was at 13.5 at this time. They took 12 samples. I felt like 4 out of the 12 were painful but it wasn’t that bad. They found no cancer on the outside of my prostate. Now this Monday 9/24/18 I’m going in the hospital for my second biopsy. They are going to put me to sleep too go in to the inside of my prostate. My doctor comes from MD Aderson in Houston, Tx. He now practices near my home town & I really like him. He is upfront with me & makes sure I know & understands what happens next. I will be the first person to have this second biopsy done here in a local hospital. Houston is like 3 hours away so I would have had to stay like two days in the hospital before headed home. Now I can come home after the surgery cause I live close. Will try to post my results after I find out.

  • ninaw moderator author
    2 months ago

    Hey @Reese, really glad to hear from you. Sounds like a pretty average biopsy experience, although of course you can see the variation here. It must have been a relief to hear it was contained in the prostate. Wishing you luck today with your second biopsy! How great to have a doc you trust, and close by. A real silver lining in all the challenge of dealing with PC. Please do let us know, when you can. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

  • frank
    6 months ago

    I was sudated when I had my biopsy. I had some friends who said it was terrible. The thing that everyone should know is you can be sudated. You might have to wait a week to get an appointment in a surgery center. But no pain at all.

  • ninaw moderator author
    6 months ago

    Thanks for this answer, @frank. It’s true that there are quite a range of experiences. Hopefully guys can see these responses and know there are options like being sedated. – Nina, ProstateCancer.net Team

  • choptop
    6 months ago

    Had a biopsy done earlier this week, my third in the last five or six years, I personally do not find them that bad other than an a nurse, half my age, is looking at my butt for half an hour. LOL
    The previous two were clear, this time they found cancer on the right and left side, I have an appointment set up for next week to talk about it.

  • kend56
    7 months ago

    I was sedated, no pain what so ever and nothing noticeable after

  • bmf123
    8 months ago

    Pain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, the first click of taking the first core made me jump because because no one told me to expect that. My mri showed possible 2 spots for cancer so they took 12 cores and 2 more each from each spot for a total16. Not much pain, little blood in urine and little bleeding from rectum, but all in all not bad.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    7 months ago

    Thanks for writing bmf123. More people need to hear what you are saying – “all in all not bad.” The not knowing and what it could mean can certainly be worse. Best, Richard (ProstateCancer.net Team)

  • XFRE
    11 months ago

    I was awake for my first biopsy. I heard the click, felt the pinch, had the blood in the urine. I would say a minimum of discomfort. I guess I have a high pain tolerance. The second time I was knocked out. This time they threw in a TURP. The worst pain was that I had to spend the night in the hospital. That was where and when all the fun started…

  • dmv1990
    11 months ago

    I should have the area deadened more. I had never had this done before and did not know what to expect. Luckily it doesnt last very long. I did count the shots and was glad when we got to twelve. I would just say get deadened a lot in the area.

  • Freddie Muse Jr. moderator
    11 months ago

    Hello, So when I was diagnosed back ten years ago in 2007 my Biopsy did not hurt at all, in fact I was put under for it. I am not sure how it is performed these days but my thought is that its the same, I say that because I have not had one since 2007. So if they put you under you should NOT feel anything at all, just maybe sore afterwards. I am also sure that if you have a biopsy while awake yes you may feel something, that’s commend sense.

  • Freddie Muse Jr. moderator
    11 months ago

    Please excuse the last line, I meant to say GOOD COMMON SENSE. When I reread this post I realized I make a mistake by misspelling the word COMMON, so I am correcting it here and now thanks.

  • Len Smith moderator
    11 months ago

    I feel fortunate as I’ve had a lot worse procedures. I remember hearing “the click” of the instrument that took each “plug” out of my prostate and a minor discomfort each of the 12 times. Like almost all medical procedures I’ve had, I wouldn’t want it done again (and now without a prostate it won’t be done again). But in the end, it probably saved my life and a lot of agony as they got the cancer early.

  • Al DiPierno moderator
    12 months ago

    Of all the treatments I have been through, the biopsy was probably the most painful and uncomfortable. The feeling was like a very sharp stabbing like pain in my groin. The only positive was that the procedure does not last very long and your up and off the table in 15 minutes. There is no pain after the biopsy but you will have blood in your urine for a few days.

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