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Saturation biopsies of the prostate

If you still have cancer concerns after having a biopsy then a saturation biopsy of the prostate may help shed some light. Enquire today to book an appointment.

What is Saturation biopsies of the prostate?

These are specialised biopsies of the prostate gland usually taken under a general anaesthetic as a day case procedure. They differ from standard transrectal ultrasound guided biopsies of the prostate (TRUSBX) which are carried out under local anaesthesia or sedation. Both are carried out to diagnose prostate cancer.

The indications for saturation biopsies are if the standard TRUSBX has not shown any cancer but the surgeon remains concerned that there may still be a cancer present either because the PSA (blood test) remains high or abnormal pre-cancerous changes are seen in the standard biopsies.

Saturation biopsies are carried out either through the rectum (transrectal) or through the skin between the anus and scrotum (transperineal). They involve taking between 24-30 needle biopsies whereas standard TRUSBX take 10-12 biopsies. Specialist equipment is required for this procedure.

What are the side effects?

Side effects include infection and some bleeding in the urine after the procedure but these are usually self-limiting.

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Raj Nigam, Consultant Urological Surgeon at BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital

Specialists offering Saturation biopsies of the prostate

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Mr Vincent Tang

Consultant Urologist

MBBS, MRCS(Eng), MSc, DIC, PGCert Med Ed, FRCS(Urol)

The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Imran Ahmad

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BSc (MedSci.) Hons, MB ChB, MRCS, PhD, FRCS (Urol), FEBU

Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Mr Philip Goodall

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BMBS, BMedSci FRCS (Urol), MPhil

The Park Hospital

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Mr Andrew James Thomas

Consultant Urologist

NBBCh (wales), FRCS (Eng), FRSC (Urol)

Werndale Hospital

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Mr Nimalan Arumainayagam

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BMedSci BMBS MD FRCS(Urol)

Syon Clinic 1 more The Runnymede Hospital

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