Typically between 40-60 biopsy samples are taken and the whole procedure last between 20-40 minutes. If you have a larger prostate, then many more biopsies can be taken.
At the end of the procedure the template is removed and the skin injected with a long- acting local anaesthetic. A thick padding will be placed over the area of skin that the needle has gone through to prevent a lot of bruising. This padding should be left for at least 6 hours.
The biopsies are grouped into 20 areas of the prostate. A Consultant Histopathologist examines each biopsy sample under the microscope and a report is given telling us whether each biopsy has cancer in it or not. Other information is also given such as whether the tissue looked inflamed or whether there are other features such as precancerous areas in the prostate.