TRUS and Biopsy

A TRUS and Biopsy (transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy) allows detailed examination of the prostate gland and small biopsies (samples) to be taken to diagnose or exclude the presence of prostate cancer.

What happens?

During a TRUS biopsy, an ultrasound probe (a machine that uses sound waves to build a picture of the inside of your body) is inserted into your rectum. This allows the consultant to see exactly where to pass a needle through the wall of your rectum to take small samples of tissue from your prostate.

The procedure can be uncomfortable so you may be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort.

You will be able to go home on the same day.

What are the risks?

As with any procedure, there may be complications, including bleeding and infection. There is also a small risk of urine retention (where you are unable to pass urine).  If this happens, contact your GP or visit A&E.

Ask your consultant to explain how any risks might apply to you.