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Is prostate biopsy painful?

Male 46 year old. My PSA has increased from 2.45 to 2.9 over last 2-3 years. Urologist wants to do a biopsy and I have it scheduled. The potential for pain has me freaked out but he said asking for a general anesthitic (like a colonoscopy) is kind of like killing a fly with a cannon. How much pain can I expect and if this does not detect any cancer or tumors, am I right back where I started?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014
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Hi and welcome to HCM. Thanks for the query.
no,this is not painful and also it can be done under general anashesia but most people can handle with this procedure under local anasthesia. you may feel small degree of pain few days after and thats all.
Wish you good health. Regards
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