Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Prostate Biopsy at Lowcountry Urology Clinics

The physicians of Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC are skilled in transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy procedures. We invite referring physicians to consider us for their patients who may benefit from this procedure.

As a service to our referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics would like to present some basic information on the transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy procedure that you may wish to share with your patients.

Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Prostate Biopsy

A transrectal (typically enters through the rectum) ultrasound creates an image of organs in the patient’s pelvis. It is typically used to evaluate the prostate gland in men with elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA), or as further exploration when the Urologist detects prostatic nodules by digital rectal exam. The ultrasound images may reveal prostate cancer, benign enlarged prostate (BPH) or prostatitis. Ultrasound can also help guide a biopsy of the prostate.

A transrectal ultrasound is typically performed in an outpatient setting. The Urologist will collect between six to twelve tissue samples with a small needle. While patients often report physical discomfort (rectal pressure, pinpricks), the procedure usually only lasts about a half hour.

Following the procedure, complications include blood in the urine for several days, some bleeding in the stool for a few days, and blood in the ejaculate for a few weeks.

Choose Lowcountry Urology Clinics for Your Patients

For your prostate patients who may benefit from a transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC is a referral you can make with confidence. Contact us today!