Preparation for template biopsy

Four days before the procedure, you should start taking a tablet called an alpha-blocker (Tamsulosin). Your hospital doctor should have given you a 2-week prescription for this. If not, please call the hospital and ask whether you should be on it. This tablet relaxes the prostate and reduces the chance of the template biopsies causing retention of urine (not being able to pass urine). You will also be given a course of antibiotics to start one day prior to the procedure and this will be continued for 7 days after the procedure.

You will need to be admitted to hospital a few hours before the procedure. You should not eat anything for 6 hours before your procedure time to ensure your safety under anaesthetic. You can drink water up until 4 hours before your procedure time. A member of the team will see you and you will be asked to sign a consent form to state that you agree to have the procedure if you have not already done so. The anaesthetist will see you prior to the procedure to discuss the anaesthetic with you.