Will An MRI Fusion Prostate Biopsy Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
There is no better tool for diagnosing prostate cancer than a prostate biopsy. That’s not to say the PSA blood test and the digital rectal exam are not valuable. In fact, all three tests are invaluable for the early detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer. At Kasraeian Urology in Jacksonville, FL, board-certified urologists Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian are dedicated to providing the most current and accurate tools and techniques for identifying and treating prostate cancer, including the MRI ultrasound fusion biopsy performed by Dr. Ali Kasraeian. With the delicate nature of this condition and procedure, it is understandable that some men have concerns about how an MRI fusion biopsy may affect their sexual function. Keep reading for a closer look at the connection between MRI/US fusion biopsy and erectile dysfunction, including why some men may experience temporary ED after an MRI fusion biopsy.
What is an MRI fusion biopsy?
The MRI ultrasound fusion biopsy is a highly advanced tool for detecting and diagnosing prostate cancer. Unlike a traditional systematic biopsy, which involves taking a set number of tissue samples (cores) from various zones of the prostate, the MRI fusion biopsy utilizes MRI and ultrasound imaging to locate suspicious areas for increased efficiency and accuracy.
What are the side effects of an MRI/US prostate biopsy?
The MRI and ultrasound aspects of a fusion prostate biopsy do not increase the risk of side effects of complications compared to a traditional prostate biopsy, which may include:
- Blood in the urine or stool
- Blood in the serum
- Temporary changes in sexual function
These potential side effects of an MRI fusion biopsy are primarily due to the transrectal approach and the procedure’s close proximity to the neurovascular bundle. When performed by a highly-skilled urologist, prostate biopsy side effects are typically very mild and short-lived.
How long does ED after prostate biopsy last?
The majority of men who undergo prostate biopsy do not develop erectile dysfunction. However, in some cases, patients may develop decreased quality erections or the inability to achieve an erection after a prostate biopsy, which is often the result of damage to the neurovascular bundle during the procedure. While this may seem frightening and can certainly be discouraging, patients should keep in mind that ED after MRI fusion biopsy is almost always temporary and mild. On average, patients can expect their erectile function to return to its previous level of normalcy between 4 – 16 weeks after biopsy.
How long is recovery after an MRI fusion prostate biopsy?
The prostate biopsy, whether performed with imaging fusion or as a traditional systematic biopsy, is typically an outpatient procedure with a short recovery period. In fact, patients are usually able to drive themselves to and from the procedure without restriction. Dr. Kasraeian may recommend restricting strenuous physical activity for a few days after prostate biopsy, though most patients can return to light desk work almost immediately. During your initial consultation for an MRI prostate biopsy in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Kasraeian will discuss what to expect during your procedure, including how long recovery may take in greater detail.
Get the peace of mind you deserve with an MRI fusion biopsy for prostate cancer in Jacksonville, FL
At Kasraeian Urology, board-certified urologist Dr. Ali Kasraeian is proud to offer MRI fusion biopsy as an even more efficient way to identify suspicious areas for prostate cancer and give patients a more accurate diagnosis so they can begin any necessary treatment as soon as possible. To learn more about the benefits of MRI ultrasound biopsy for prostate cancer, call to schedule your consultation in Jacksonville, FL today.