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my oncologist is concerned that this doesn't really gel with my PSA score of 31, so he suspects something more advanced or active may be lurking in the parts that a TRUS can't reach (although nothing showed up on the MRI), and has recommended me for a template biopsy under general anaesthetic
This is why I counsel people to avoid a TRUS biopsy (as indeed I was advised likewise by two friends) when possible, as all too often the TRUS is inaccurate and a subsequent template is required. There is one guy on here right now who has had two TRUS, now due a template - third time lucky?
A friend with BUPA coverage had a 3T mpMRI and a template biopsy within two weeks. No low-res MRI or TRUS biopsy were ever mentioned.
The template procedure is quite straightforward, wait around for hours nil by mouth, height, weight and BP check, go down to theatre, cannula fitted, big sleepies, wake up in “intensive care” for a few minutes, back on the ward. You are encouraged to eat and drink, and once you have urinated once or twice, can go home to watch a big purple, yellow and blue bruise develop on your perineum. I was out within four hours of going to theatre.
Not really any discomfort (it seems I am fine with modern anaesthetics), you will have pink urine for a couple of days and red/pink semen for a week or two. No big deal at all, and as it turns out, neither was my R.P.
And I am a big baby as far as pain is concerned!
Edited by member 16 Jun 2018 at 10:26
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