Monday, January 28, 2013

Prostate Biopsy Done!

Gestapo Headquarters

This morning I completed my long delayed prostate biopsy procedure.  Oh yeah, I feel like I've been rode long hard.

Folks, this is NOT a pleasant procedure.  Damn, My ass is still sore.  I feel like someone put a broom handle up my rectum and rotor-rooted my butt.  I'm sitting here now typing this whiny missive with a Kotex like swap between my butt cheeks.  Ah yes, too much information.  

So here's the blow by blow (so to speak) sequence of events this morning and my urologist's office.


Waiting Ron

My appointment was for 8:30 a.m.  I arrived at 7:30 a.m.  I was immediately informed by the receptionist that my doctor had an emergency and would be at least a half an hour late.  Oh joy. And I did want to get this THING over with.

Bill (yes, he was with me this time) and I settled down in the waiting room.  Bill had his book and I had my iPhone, to update my Facebook followers. After all, I AM obligated to tell one and all "how do you feel?" in my Facebook status box.

At 8:15 a.m. one of the young ladies in the office steps into the waiting room and asks "Ronald Tipton?"  Uh oh, the dreaded "Ronald".  Either I'm in trouble with my Mother or I have a medical appointment.  

I identify myself and obediently follow her to her office.  She takes my blood pressure.  130 over 70.  Okay so far.


"For me!?!"
Then she leads me to another room and tells me to have a seat.  It is now about 8:20 a.m.  I sit.  She leaves.  I notice on the table in front of me a long nosed instrument that look suspiciously a lot like a caulking gun.  THAT'S going up my anal nether regions?  Also on the tray are twelve McCormick spice medical containers with (wait for it) MY NAME  ON THEM!  Yes ladies and gents, they really are going to take twelve chunks of meat samples from my teeny tiny prostate gland.  Oh my.  


The Rack

So I sit, contemplating my fate.  I take a couple of pictures of my sad self and post them to my Facebook account informing my loyal followers (and some not so loyal, the ones I constantly annoy because I'm an unapologetic progressive) that I AM STILL WAITING.

Then another young lady (where are the MEN assistants?  WTF?)  asks me to REMOVE EVERYTHING BELOW MY WAIST.  Well, there's a request that I don't get every day.  

She indicates a sheet and says "Put that around your waist.  The doctor will see you shortly."  


My very own biopsy kit 

I did as I was instructed and removed my jeans and my underwear (don't get excited now).  I wrap the sheet around me and wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Feeling like a fool sitting in a chair fully clothed waist up and holding a sheet waist down.  

Another 15 or 20 minutes rolls by. Then the young lady (again, where are the young males?  Just asking) tells me to get up on the table and put my feet in the stirrups.  What?  I'm having a baby?  

She looks under the sheet and tells me to "scoot down a bit".  Uh huh, just what I always wanted to do on a snow mixed with rain and a little bit of sleet Monday morning, scoot my bare butt with my family jewels in full display before a strange young woman that I was never even properly introduced to.  Now if it was a man....well, I won't go there now.  I'll continue this narrative.  It gets better.

So I scoot down several more times until everything is properly displayed.  I'm wondering if I should rearrange my jewels to as to provide an unobstructed view but she says nothing so I say nothing.  Best left unsaid I say.  

Then she leaves me....in the stirrups.......properly displayed.  Now I'm ready for the Gestapo interrogation doctor.

The doctor comes in.  Much too cheerily he says "Good morning Mr. Tipton!  How are you?" My first impulse it to say "F--k you, let get this over with" buy my professional persona kicked in (as it often does when my full genitalia, plus my anus, is on display for one and all) "I'm fine doctor".  My Mother trained me well, and yes my under was clean although he couldn't see it because I had it tucked into my trousers on yonder chair.

He explains to me that I will "feel a little pressure and a pinch" but to just relax.  Oh yes, I've heard that "just relax" before but under difference circumstances but we won't go there either at this time.  

He turns around and takes the caulking gun instrument of the tray.  He explains to me that he is going to put a CAMERA in first to identify the TWELVE areas were he wants to take a sample, a "sample" being a chunk of my prostate gland.  

Okay, here we go.  I've been waiting a year for this.  Finally, I'm getting it over with.  Everbody and everything is in position and he slowly slides the gun instrument up my orifice where the sun don't shine.  Folks, I'm here to tell you this was very uncomfortable.  Oh it slipped in all right but that didn't change the fact that I had a foreign object up my ass.  Not a good feeling, in fact it was downright uncomfortable.  Oh God.  So he's maneuvering this instrument around my canal and looking at the monitor while I'm trying to suppress groans which were not of the pleasure type.  

The Grand Inquisitor doctor continued this for a few moments, occasionally muttering "Umm, uh huh" and "ah!"  


Torquemada - The Grand Inquisitor

Then he tells me I'm going to feel twelve pinches and just to relax.  There he goes with that relax request again.  Sort of hard to relax when I have a staple gun up my ass.  

And then it happens.  "Boom!"  OUCH! I couldn't help but to let out a little pitiful grunt.  Ron you big sissy!  Be a man!  Then he did it again!  Two down and ten to go.  Chrissake, that damn thing hurts!  

Torguemada continues. He gets to six "Booms!" and says "We're half way there!"  but I'm thinking of telling him anything he wants to know including all the secrets that I was debriefed on during my Army stint the National Security Agency fifty years ago.  "Stop!  I'll tell you everything!"



Ron, you can do this. I grimace and groan, and grunt while Dick Cheney  the good doctor continues his torture procedure.  

Finally it's done.  Thank you Jesus (and I'm not even religious).  

The young lady of whom I now have no secrets asked me "Are you feeling lightheaded?"  Is the Pope German?  YES!  I feel like I'm f--cking going to faint! My God.  



Feeling like Ned Beatty in "Deliverence" after the good old boys had their way with him, "Are you feeling lightheaded."  Hey, I was just rode long and hard....YES, I'm feeling light headed!
She gives me a wet,cool towel to put on my woozy brow. That helps a little bit.  Mind you, I'm still on full display when I feel something warm running down my buttocks.  "Am I bleeding?"  I ask.  "Yes but not too bad."  Well okay, maybe I'm not bleeding BUCKETS OF BLOOD but I am BLEEDING.  Damn.  

She leaves there, in my having a baby position, dripping blood in a pan.  Hey folks, it just doesn't get any better than this does it?  WHAT did I do to DESERVE this?  I'll tell you what, I got old.  All those times I used to make fun of my Mother and all her doctor's appointments and procedures.  Karma really is a bitch.

After a few minutes the Young Lady From Whom I Have No Secrets returns and tells me I can clean up in the side bathroom.  She hands me a Kotex-like gauze pad and says "you can stick this between your butt cheeks after you clean up." Oh if my friends could see me now.  I'm come a long way from Ron Tipton, Trust Operations Manger, Mellon Bank, Philadelphia, PA.  Yes indeedy.

Gathering my pants and underwear, I waddle over to said side bathroom to clean myself up. That means using multiple paper towels to dab the blood coming out of my ass until there is no more.  Oh yes, I am still sore as hell.  Rode long and hard, that's the only explanation that I can think of to describe my condition now.

Cleaned up, I go back out into the office and sit gingerly on the chair and await further instructions.

The doctor comes in and tells me the camera doesn't show any sign of cancer but then he said "it never does."   Well.....okay.  He said he will send the specimens out for a biopsy and to stop at the front desk to make an appointment to see him for the results. Oh yeah, he also told me I would be peeing blood, excreting blood and even have blood in my semen for the next two weeks.  It just doesn't get any better than this does it folks?

He then makes a funny by telling me that no one ever thanks him in his line of business.  Ha ha.  

I try to walk normally, without much success, to the front office to make my appointment.  Made the appointment for February 15th. That's when I'll know the results of this morning's interrogation procedure.  


Bubba awaits his new "roomie"

Bill drove me home.  I was still feeling like I spent my wedding first night in jail with my roommate Bubba (not that I would know what THAT feels like but I can imagine). 

So here I sit now, still sore but not quite as sore as earlier this morning.  I just had my first pee and thank God, NO BLOOD.  

I survived folks, I survived.  Next!

By the way folks, if you were expecting to see pictures of me in the stirrups, dream on.  I'm revealing but not THAT revealing.  












49 comments:

  1. ouch



    That's all I got. I have stand up now.

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    1. Ever had this procedure done Bob? You'll never forget it. I feel like I can make a porn film now.

      Ron

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  2. A thorough and informative account of a most unpleasant encounter. Thanks for painting such a wonderful picture of something I need to prepare myself for in the not too distant future.

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    1. Paul,

      I didn't mean to scare anyone from getting this procedure. Every one I've talked to has told me "it's not a pleasant procedure" and indeed it wasn't. Prostate cancer is serious so I think one should have it checked before the symptoms show which, by then, is usually too late. I'm not going to soft peddle this procedure though, it was painful and humiliating. Torture is the only thing I can compare it with.

      Ron

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  3. My God, this was your most probing (no pun intended, of course) blog post ever! I could definitely feel your pain, not to mention your humiliation and trepidation. Gestapo, indeed!

    Well, I'm glad to know that you survived and that hopefully the very worst is over. I remember when my father had this same procedure done. Only he didn't reveal the details.
    Take care, Ron, and sit tight (no pun intended, of course).

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    1. Jon,

      Probably the worst procedure I've ever had done to my body in my lifetime. Both pain and humiliation. Right now my ass feels like the local high football team had their way with me.....all afternoon. I can understand now why my doctor joked that he never receives any "thank you" cards. Funny stuff.

      Ron

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  4. I'm glad you survived the procedure! Now on to a speedy and complete recovery with a negative (no cancer) outcome.

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    1. Thanks Sean. I will know the results of my biopsy on February 15th at 3 PM. I'm not too apprehensive because I've actually been waiting for the results for over a year. I was originally going to get this procedure done last year but changed my mind. I have a good feeling that I don't have cancer. I have nothing to base that on but just a gut feeling but we shall see. If I do have prostate cancer I'll just have to deal with it. I still haven't decided what kind of treatment I would take, none of them sound good. All have potential disastrous side effects. As I've said many times before, I've had a good run at 71 years old. Ironically I almost died at 17 years of age from a botched hospital operations (staph infection) 17 the inverse of 71. Doesn't mean anything but an interesting confluence of numbers.

      Ron

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  5. Anonymous3:55 PM

    Hello Ron,

    I'm catching up on the blogs I read & was sorry to hear what you had to go thru. My brother-in-law related a similiar story but his doctor did the procedure in a hospital setting with light anethesia. He had biopsies taken in the front & back & unfortunately has cancer in both areas. He's now researching his case himself so that when he goes back for an appt. the dr. & he will decide what the next plan of treatment is. I wish you much luck & hope you are cancer free. Yeah, this getting old is not for sissies.

    I've been taking care of my husband as he had a hip replaced. He was a great patient when he was down for the count but now that he's somewhat better he's getting a little bullheaded. Typical man!!

    Take care of yourself! Now you know what us poor females feel like taking a yearly exam.

    *Smiles*
    Fran

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    1. Fran,

      When I was setup in the stirrups (my neighbor had his procedure with a different doctor done on his side), I thought of all the women who have to go through this humiliating procedure. I thought "If they can do it, I can." Still, it would have been nice if I had a straight man assistant. Funny thing, even though I'm a gay man I don't want a gay nursing assistant hovering around me.

      I wish I had a light anesthesia. I'm still hurting. Thankfully no blood in my urine.....yet. My neighbor experienced blood clots.

      I am sorry your brother-in-law has prostate cancer. I've already done a lot of research in the type of treatment should I have cancer. None of them are attractive. They all have downsides. Several of my friends have had their prostate removed entirely with the expected results. One former friend (he unfriended me when he took offense to one of my blog posts), underwent fifteen weeks of radiation treatment only to find his PSA score is still high. He recently had a bone scan. Fortunately for him there was no cancer detected. My cousin was told he had cancer and to remove his prostate. He went to another doctor and they told him he didn't have cancer. Lots to think about here Fran.

      That must be a big job taking care of a man recovering from hip replacement. I can imagine. Men can be bullheaded. I am and Bill is too. I don't deny it.

      Good to hear from you Fran. Thanks for the "smiles."

      Ron

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  6. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Ron, I have been thinking about you all morning. Glad you survived the procedure with your witt in tact. I had no idea you would be awake for the procedure, your a brave man!

    By the way I made your mushroom chicken dish last week. It's the best thing I have eaten for a very long time! Thanks for posting the recipe.

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,

      I am so glad you liked that Chicken and Mushrooms in Cream recipe. The key is to use shallots (don't substitute onions, they're too strong, you want a subtle flavor) and fresh lemon juice.

      I don't want to sound like a whiner but I am when I say this procedure was very uncomfortable. A little more than "some pressure." I have a major sore ass right now. Not a sharp pain but a dull, pain that hurts nonetheless. And twelve "punches". I was counting. It's a good torture technique. I'm just glad it's over. I will never have one of these procedures again in my lifetime. What's next?

      Ron

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    2. Anonymous9:09 PM

      Ron,

      I used both! I have a Meyer lemon tree and when the ripe lemons look like they might go bad before the next crop I juice them and freeze the juice. If that runs out I buy lemons. I loved the juice with the mushrooms and think I will add it from now on when cooking them.

      Hope you are more comfortable tomorrow, but at least this is finally over.

      Cindy

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    3. Cindy,

      You use really fresh lemon juice! Frozen lemon juice should work too, I never though of that. I'll try it the next time I buy a big bag of lemons at BJ's. I have found that lemon juice that doesn't work is the ones in the plastic lemon, Just does't have that "spark". I am so glad that you like this recipe, it is one of my very favorites.

      Ron

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  7. I second fran's final sentence! the annual pap test is an invasion, and the MD always tells you to "relax, it will make the probe/scraping easier". bullshit!

    I am sorry you have a sore fanny; hopefully you don't have to work tonight or tomorrow night. go to bed early and rest. {{{{{hugs}}}}}

    PS - I am glad to see your snark humor was on full power mode today!

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    1. Anne Marie,

      What I like about you is that always "get it". Yes, the snark humor was in full power mode today. Some people think I'm actually serious. Well, today I was sort of serious because it hurt like hell. Damn! And you girls have to go through that annually? At least this was the last time in my life I'll ever have to do this. No more honey.

      Ron

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  8. Really glad you got it over with. But from your description, I think I'd rather die of prostate cancer!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      Now you know why I put this procedure off last year. However, all year I walked around with this dark cloud over my head so I decided to just get it over with. Yep, it was as bad as I thought I would be. I talked to my neighbor tonight who had the same procedure. He was given a light anesthesia and he was on his side when the procedure was done. I was put in stirrups and no anesthesia. I'm still sore.

      Ron

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    2. I wondered about the whole positioning thing, and the lack of anything to at least make you drowsy. It's not like you're OLD or something!
      Jay

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    3. Jay,

      It was bad all the way around. Humiliating positioning, no local anesthesia. The young black women were in and out getting me ready until I was "positioned" and then he came in and did his deed. Awful. If you ever have to have a prostate biopsy, learn from my experience and check to see how the doctor does it. I wish I would have checked.

      Ron

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  9. Ron: We were thinking about you this morning. Oh... My... Word! I had a biopsy on my tongue several years ago, and I thought that was pain like I'd never felt. I can't imagine a single tissue sample from that region, let alone TWELVE. I'm glad for you that that's over with. I'm amazed that you could even write about this, let alone write about it with a sense of humor. Your body may still be in shock, so rest up.

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    1. Sean,

      It was awful. Yes, TWELVE times. Terrible. I'm now finding out that others who had it done had local anesthesia applied. I didn't. If I had known that I would have asked for it.

      I had to write about it to take my mind off of the pain. It has subsided somewhat now. At least I'm not peeing blood like some of the other guys I talked to. At least not yet. I was also warned that it could be in my semen. I'll check that out tonight.

      Yes, my body is in shock. It is exactly how you would imagine it to be, hurts like hell. Not a sharp pain but a dull, thudding pain that makes you dizzy and nauseous. Never again.


      Ron

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    2. They didn't offer a local as an option?!? Torquemada indeed!

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    3. Sean,

      No, they did not and I didn't know that a local anesthesia could be used until after my procedure when my neighbor told me about it. If I had known I would have asked. I didn't know that the procedure would be as painful as it turned out to be. Another annoyance, the "bed" I was on was too short for my 6'3" frame, my legs hung over. The whole procedure was awful. Never again.

      Ron

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    4. Ron, you shouldn't have needed to ask for a local. They should have offered that right up front. Making somebody go through that and not talking about any pain relief is barbaric. I'd be having words with them about this.

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    5. Sean,

      I will be having words with the doctor about this when I see him on the 15th. I've already decided that if I need any further treatment I am using a different doctor. This wasn't right yesterday. Too rushed. You're right, I should have had to ask for a local anesthesia. Even with my dermatologist, they give me a local for the small procedures.

      Ron

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  10. I'm glad it's over for you. I was thinking about you today.

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    1. Cubby,

      Nobody is more glad this is over than me, believe me. Now I can concentrate on looking forward to the Spo-a-Thon in March.

      Ron

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  11. You must be asleep by now. I am so sorry you had to go through all this but it had to be done.
    Fingers crossed that the results are negative.

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    1. Nadege,

      I thought the procedure would be awful and it was, even more than I thought. I probably should have went to the urologist that my neighbor used, he apparently sounds more gentle. Yesterday was like a torture session, I cannot sugar coat it. The only good thing was that I will never do it again. That's it.

      Ron

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  12. That was quite vivid and detailed, I felt I was there.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      I'm getting the feeling from the comments I'm receiving that perhaps I went into too much detail. Here's another little "detail", I checked my semen last night......ALL BLOOD. That was scary.

      Ron

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  13. Maybe it was graphic but I had no idea so I learned something and can now sympathize with any men who go through this procedure. Thank you Ron!

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    1. Nadege,

      Some women think they are the only ones who have to go through uncomfortable (breast exams), painful (Pap tests) and humiliating (cervix cancer) exams. They do but we men have our own little "coterie" of similar tests. You just don't hear about them. So far I've been able to avoid being catheterized like my brother John has numerous times, one time causing serious injury because the person catheterizing him wasn't paying attention. John had to wear a bag on his leg for a month until the tissue in his penis healed. Every time he peed he was in excruciating pain just because of an inattentive medical person. One time the VA want to place a pen-like camera up my penis to check my bladder (which was totally unnecessary). I turned them down flat. That was years ago. I guess I didn't have bladder cancer like they thought I did. Unnecessary tests, the evil of our current medical system.

      Ron

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  14. Glad you survived the ordeal. I didn't know you were not put out for this! I can relate to the foreign object up your ass. I once had someone put a cold marble....well you get the picture. I was dreaming about slings early this morning. Maybe I was channeling your experience. I was wondering what it was like and now I know! I think my jewels would have went into hiding with all those women ordering me around the table.

    I am sure you are going to be fine. Your friend, Jeff

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    1. Jeff,

      A "cold marble?" Glad I didn't have that experience. My recommendation to you if you ever get this procedure, make sure up front that they will provide anesthesia for you. The procedure is very painful without it, as I (unfortunately) discovered.

      Ron

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  15. I`m sorry to hear how uncomfortable the procedure was for you. And NO, you did not provide too much detail... to the contrary, you performed a valuable public service. Everyone has the option NOT to read your blog. There seems to be a huge variation in the skill of the people taking the sample and the techniques used.

    I had the procedure done last September(14 samples!) but general anesthetic was used and I could scarely feel it. In fact, I had to ask if they had started and they had already taken three samples!

    I was walking around Toronto one hour later, completely pain free with no discomfort or external bleeding. The blood in my pee and poop cleared up in a few days. I blogged about my procedure here and the after-affects here.

    The blood in my semen took several weeks to clear out because we put out a much reduced volume of ejaculate. It just takes a longer time to flush it out and in fact. Towards the end, it wasn`t red blood at all but the colour of a brownish-red scab.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Ron, and a good (negative) result on the test!

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    1. Buddy Bear,

      Thank you for your thoughtful and considerate comment. Had I known I would have asked for anesthesia. I did not know. Now I do and I am just a little angry that it wasn't offered. I will bring it up when I see my urologist for my test results on February 15th. I will not use him again. Not only was the procedure very painful and demeaning, I felt like I was on an assembly line, kept waiting just for a rushed visit by the doctor then he was out to the next patient.

      So far no blood in my urine or stools, but the one time I checked, lots of blood in my semen. In fact it looked like all blood. Freaked me out.

      I'm still concerned about getting an infection because I have a headache this morning. I hope it's not connected.

      Thank you again for your kind concern. It is appreciated.

      Ron

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    2. Thanks Ron! I just re-read my comment and realize I incorrectly said `GENERAL anesthetic` but I meant `LOCAL.` It was a single needle stuck into the prostate which felt like a small pinch and then all was blissfully numb.

      As a bonus, the five-person medical team who were involved with my prostate biopsy were all men. Several of them were young and very handsome; most likely medical students, residents or interns. I didn`t mind them working around my rear end at all!!

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    3. Buddy Bear ,

      You were lucky! I had no such luck. Very painful and the young girls (probably will see them shopping at Walmart next time I'm ther) "attended" me. I envy you. I wouldn't have minded men at all. If I ever have a procedure done like this in the future I'm checking ahead.

      Ron

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  16. My sympathies. No kind of anesthesia? Barbaric! I agree with you, I wouldn't go to this doctor again after getting the results of these biopsies. Hopefully everything will be fine and trouble-free.

    The humiliation of that position, the strange women, etc. is a whole other level of discomfort. Reminds me of when I was pregnant and delivered my babies. Ugh. There's no dignity left after an experience like that.

    Good luck!

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    1. Java,

      That's right, no kind of anesthesia. I kind of blame myself for not asking but how often does one go through this kind of procedure? All I heard from others who have had this procedure was that it "wasn't a pleasant experience" and that it was "uncomfortable." No one said "make sure you ask for local anesthesia." I guess I assumed that my urologist would take the correct measures to make be as comfortable as possible. Obviously I was wrong. Lesson learn.

      Ron

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  17. Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?

    Thanks,

    Cameron

    cameronvsj(at)gmail.com

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  18. Greetings from Switzerland!
    I like your writing about RESPECT.
    I wish you all the best,
    klaus*

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    1. Klaus,

      Thank you for your comment and well wishes.

      Ron

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  19. I recently had a prostate biopsy. I am 76 ,of age and my PSA was 16 and the urologist said the DRE was not great. Over 23 years ago my PSA was 10.5 and I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY and the results were negative for cancer. The first biopsy was very uncomfortable and I swore I would die before I had another procedure like that. Well a 16 psa was high enough to scare me and I really did not want to die.
    The second biopsy over some 23 years later was quite different, the area was numbed and even though the first one took 6 bites and the second took 12 bites and was slightly uncomfortable it was night and day compared to the one without numbing. I must also admit to taking a pain pill an hour before the procedure. The results were negative for cancer but showed a very large prostate. The urologist is looking at some procedure to reduce the size of my prostate. I told him that the FDA approved Cialis to reduce the size of a prostate, he prescribed Cialis and after a bout with the insurance company who finally approved the prescription to be covered by the insurance. I feelle blessed and instead of facing prostate surgery or radiation I take 5mg of Cialis every day and the side effects work very, very, well. An enlarged prostate can raise
    PSA levels and not be cancerous. The prostate biopsy with sedation is a very benign procedure.

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    1. George,
      Thank you for your comment. I'm seven months into my seed implants. I have some aftereffects from the brachytherapy procedure (erection problems, no semen and anal mucous discharge) but other than that, I'm doing as well as can be expected. Both my urologist and oncologist assure me that I am doing well. My PSA is down from a high of 8.4 to 1.9 my last two blood tests. However, if it does go up again. I'm not sure if I would undergo another procedure.

      Have a great New Year!

      Ron

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    2. I hope the horror stories on this site do not deter anyone who is contemplating whether or not to have a biopsy, while I believe biopsies are over used to protect the doctors from lawsuits in the event he does not prescribe biopsy and the patient has a cancer problem later.
      That said, if you feel you want a better understanding of your condition, please realize that the procedure is far different that it was 20 years ago, they now are able to numb the area and while uncomfortable the pain is more than tolerable. I swore I would never had a biopsys again and the second time when my PSA went to 16 I felt it was necessary for me to understand my condition and I feel it was a good decision. The results for cancer were negative but my prostate was very large, and hopefully the cialis reduces the size. My next appointment is in June and my guess is that the urologist may want to reduce the size of the prostate by laser surgery which is not something I prefer but I will face that in June. Good luck to all of you that face these decisions and God bless.

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  20. Anonymous2:46 PM

    No Lidocaine? You went to the wrong urologist. I had a prostate biopsy yesterday and frankly, it was no big deal. It was far less painful than I expected. He said I would hear a loud snap before doing the first biopsy. But I had prepared: a cheapo small radio in my shirt pocket, and cheapo headphones, both from Walmart, and I was able to tune out most of what was going on. The Lidocaine, injected by my expert urologist, protected me from any severe pain, and the whole procedure was literally no big deal. The last crown I had installed at my dentist was way more painful. This prostate biopsy was over in less than 10 minutes (12 samples) and did not bother me at all.

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