The impact of prostate biopsy on patient well-being: A prospective study of pain, anxiety and erectile dysfunction

Amnon Zisman, Dan Leibovici, Judith Kleinmann, Yoram I. Siegel, Arie Lindner

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Purpose: We prospectively studied the impact of transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy on patient well-being. Materials and Methods: We enrolled 211 consecutive men who underwent a total of 218 biopsy events in a questionnaire based survey focusing on pain, anxiety and erectile dysfunction risk factors. Surveys were administered before, and immediately, 1 week and i month after biopsy. Quantitative information on the intensity of symptoms and signs was obtained using a uniform grading system. Results: Intraoperative pain considered severe in 20% of the biopsy events was associated with pain in the first 24 hours postoperatively, leading to analgesic use in 10%. Inflammatory infiltrate in the biopsy core and younger patient age correlated with persistent pain on days 2 and 7 after biopsy, respectively. Preoperative anxiety was reported in 64% of biopsy events and predictive of intraoperative pain. Anxiety peaked before result disclosure. Erectile dysfunction attributed to anxiety in anticipation of biopsy was reported in 7% of cases. At days 7 and 30, 15% of previously potent patients reported erectile dysfunction. Conclusions: The impact of prostate biopsy on patient well-being begins while waiting for the scheduled procedure. Shortening the anticipation period before results are disclosed and administering pre-biopsy anxiety decreasing measures may benefit patients. Analgesic therapy is recommended in younger patients, those reporting moderate to severe intraoperative pain and those with known prostatic inflammatory infiltrate. The risk of acute erectile dysfunction should be discussed cautiously with patients who are potent before biopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-454
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001


  • Anxiety
  • Biopsy
  • Impotence
  • Pain
  • Prostate


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