When its not Cancer: The Enlarged Prostate
SincePaul has been an inpatient four times at hospitals in Thailand. All of his stays have been at international hospitals. Since January ofI have been afflicted with prostate gland problems. After a routine blood test ordered by BPH Video Biopsie family doctor indicated an elevated prostate-specific antigen PSA reading, I started seeing urologists in While under their care, I had a first prostate biopsy performed in Maryland in July of and a second in Thailand in December of Following a diagnosis of an enlarged prostate or BPH, I have been advised since the first biopsy to have regular PSA testing and if necessary, additional biopsies.
The prostate-specific antigen PSA is a protein produced by normal as well as malignant cells of the prostate gland. A normal PSA reading is 4. If the reading is above 4, there is an indication that the prostate has malignant cells. Sincehowever, my urologist in Thailand has prescribed a drug for me to take to shrink the prostate. Its growth and condition have been monitored through semi-annual ultrasounds and PSA readings. In this article, after first stating the function of the male prostate gland and describing BPH, I discuss the need for biopsies.
Then, based on personal experiences, I relate what to expect after a prostate biopsy. According to urologyhealth. Being the size of a walnut, it weighs approximately one ounce. The prostate is found below the bladder and in front of the rectum.
You will also find the prostate going completely BPH Video Biopsie the urethra which carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. The primary function of the prostate is to make fluid for semen. At the time of ejaculation, BPH Video Biopsie made in the testicles moves to the urethra. Concurrently, fluid from the prostate and seminal vesicles also moves into the urethra.
This semen mixture passes through the urethra and out of the penis at the time of BPH Video Biopsie. This diagnosis was based on a digital rectal exam and the results of a prostate biopsy.
Based on an article in urologyhealth. As men age, BPH often happens during the second growth state of the prostate which starts at about age The first growth stage occurs early in puberty. As the prostate gets bigger, it can squeeze down on the urethra. This narrowing of the urethra and accompanying urinary retention cause many of the problems related to BPH.
About 50 BPH Video Biopsie of all men in their 50s have BPH. Over the age of 80, up to 90 percent of men suffer from BPH. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, prostate biopsy tissue samples are usually collected by transrectal or transperineal means. A transrectal biopsy is the most common way. In this procedure, a needle is passed through the wall of the rectum.
In a transperineal biopsy, a needle is inserted through the skin between the anus and the scrotum. After a small cut is made in the skin area between the anus and scrotum, a biopsy needle is inserted through the cut and BPH Video Biopsie the prostate to get out a sample of tissue. According to doctors, this is the only definite way to diagnose prostate cancer.
In July ofI underwent my first prostate biopsy. It was a transrectal biopsy conducted at my urologist's clinic in Maryland. Prior to the biopsy, it was necessary to give myself an enema so that my rectum was clean during the procedure. There were no other preparations in that I had to fast or discontinue taking certain medications. After arriving at the clinic around mid-afternoon, I remember pulling down my pants and leaning over a high table. Following BPH Video Biopsie cleaning of the anal area and application of gel, the urologist gently inserted a thin ultrasound probe into my rectum.
According to the Mayo Clinic, transrectal ultrasonography uses sound waves BPH Video Biopsie produce images of the prostate. These images are used to identify the area that needs to be numbed with an injection to reduce biopsy discomfort. The ultrasound images are also used to guide the prostate needle into place. After the biopsy device is situated, the doctor retrieves thin sections of tissue with a spring-propelled needle.
I noticed sensations each time the urologist took tissue from three or four places in my prostate. BPH Video Biopsie whole biopsy procedure BPH Video Biopsie take more than minutes. The rust-colored tint was caused by a little amount of blood in the semen. This condition BPH Video Biopsie for about a month. Some people feel slight soreness and have a little bleeding from the rectum.
A few persons may have a fever, difficulty urinating, prolonged or heavy bleeding, and worsening pain. If this is the case, they should immediately see their doctor. In December of BPH Video Biopsie, I had a transperineal prostate biopsy at an international hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.
The biopsy was ordered by a Thai doctor who had received urology training in England. Viroj decided to take tissue samples from places around my prostate. During the biopsy procedure, I was knocked out with anesthesia for about 90 minutes. When I finally passed urine, it was in spurts and there were blood clots in it. Like a fool, I made the mistake of signing the discharge papers and leaving the hospital with a friend who drove me home.
After returning to my apartment at around p. I started to have BPH Video Biopsie difficulty passing urine and most of it was clotted blood. Upon returning to the emergency room of the hospital where I had the biopsy, I was seen by a doctor, given medicine, and sent back home. About an hour and a half later after being back in my apartment, I was BPH Video Biopsie terrible pain because I could not urinate.
When I returned to the emergency room, a catheter was inserted into my urethra and I was sent back home. The catheter did not do much good because I noticed big clots of blood which could not pass through the tube. Since I was in agony not being able to empty my bladder, I returned to the emergency room for a third time at around a. At this time, my urologist, Dr. Viroj, was notified. I remember staying in the emergency room until around when the doctor arrived and I was finally admitted to the hospital.
Upon seeing Dr. Viroj, I learned that the biopsy had brought on excessive bleeding which happens in only BPH Video Biopsie percent of patients. While in the hospital for two days and two nights, I was given medication intravenously to the stop the bleeding and antibiotics for an infection. In the hospital, I also had occasional great pain trying to empty my bladder until the medication started to work.
To me, this experience was worse than death. The catheter was BPH Video Biopsie on the morning of the day I was discharged from the hospital. I had no further complications after leaving. As for the good news, the results of the biopsy indicated that I did not BPH Video Biopsie prostate cancer. Based on the experience ofI BPH Video Biopsie never again have a prostate biopsy. Since having BPH Video Biopsie left cancerous kidney removed in April ofthe condition of my prostate has been monitored by more PSA tests and semi-annual prostate sonograms.
My new urologist has me on the drug Avodart to help shrink the prostate and another, Harnal, which makes it easier for me to urinate during the night.
Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
My prostate biopsy had a reading of 3. Was this normal? I can only answer this question as BPH Video Biopsie layperson based on my personal experience. PSA readings in the range of are considered normal if you are not taking any drug to shrink the size of your prostate. For many years I had PSA readings that were over four. My urologists scheduled me for two prostate biopsies but never recommended radiation treatments because the results of the biopsies showed that the prostate was benign and I had BPH.
Has your urologist diagnosed you with prostate cancer? If he has, I can understand recommending the radiation treatments. If you don't have cancer, this doesn't seem normal to me. Please remember that I am not a urologist. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Yes, I should have stayed in the hospital longer after the biopsy, especially when I noticed blood clots in my urine right after the procedure.
So sorry you had those BPH Video Biopsie after your biopsy. It does indeed sound terrible. Thanks for BPH Video Biopsie your experience. It may help others in the future who may need that procedure.