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Waitematā DHB Urology Services

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Prostate Biopsy

In this procedure the doctor passes an ultrasound probe into the back passage. The prostate can then be viewed as an ultrasound image. This image will guide the doctor in taking samples of the prostate with a biopsy needle placed alongside the ultrasound probe. It is important to read the information sheet sent prior to the appointment and to take the antibiotics that are prescribed as instructed.

WDHB Urology asks men to present to a nurse led clinic a few weeks prior to their planned prostate biopsy. At this appointment men are educated about the prostate biopsy process and a short health history is taken. The clinic nurse will also gently insert a laboratory 'swab' just inside the man's back passage to take a sample of the bacteria living in his bowel. The results of this swab will enable the doctor / nurse practitioner to prescribe the most appropriate antibiotic for the man to take prior to his prostate biopsy.    

This page was last updated at 2:00PM on October 14, 2021.