How To Prepare
Before having a testicular biopsy, be sure to tell your doctor if you:
- Have had any bleeding problems.
- Are allergic to any medicines, including anesthetics.
- Take any medicines regularly. Be sure your doctor knows the names and doses of all your medicines.
- Are taking any blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), aspirin, ibuprofen, or other Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Opens New Window.
You will need to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of a testicular biopsy and agree to have the biopsy. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of the biopsy, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
If a testicular biopsy is done under Reference local anesthesia Opens New Window, no other special preparation is needed.
If the biopsy is done under Reference general anesthesia Opens New Window, your doctor will tell you how soon before surgery to stop eating and drinking. Follow the instructions exactly about when to stop eating and drinking, or your surgery may be canceled. If your doctor has instructed you to take your medicines on the day of surgery, please do so using only a sip of water. During preparation for the biopsy, an Reference intravenous line (IV) Opens New Window is inserted in your arm, and a Reference sedative Opens New Window medicine is given about an hour before the biopsy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology