Many conditions may require a testicular biopsy to be conducted in order to properly diagnose a condition; therefore, it is important to learn how to prepare for a testicular biopsy. A testicular biopsy consists of a procedure that removes a sample of tissue from one or both testicles. This tissue sample is then examined with a microscope to determine if a medical condition is present and, if a condition is present, what type of treatment will be needed.
- To prepare for a testicular biopsy, a thorough consultation with your doctor is essential. During this consultation inform your doctor if you have any bleeding complications or allergic reactions to medications. Also, inform your doctor about any medications, prescribed and over-the-counter, that you take on a regular basis. This is especially important if you are taking any blood thinning medications or anti-inflammatory medications.
- When you prepare for a testicular biopsy, your doctor will explain the procedure in its entirety. Your doctor will discuss how the procedure is conducted and risks or complications that can occur. Prior to the procedure, you will have to sign a consent form, granting the doctor permission to conduct the testicular biopsy.
- To prepare for a testicular biopsy, you must find out if you will have the procedure conducted while under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. If the procedure is conducted under local anesthesia, no special preparation steps are needed. However, if the procedure is conducted under general anesthesia, you will not be able to drink or eat anything for a period of time prior to the procedure. In some cases, a doctor will put you on a liquid diet prior to the procedure.
When you prepare for a testicular biopsy it is important not to skip any of these steps because complications can arise during the procedure. You must inform your doctor about medications and other health conditions you may have, as well as understanding the full procedure.