Aug 01, 2010 - 2:35 pm
I was curious about something. A contributor mentioned that he was "too drugged up" during the biopsy to remember anything. The people I talked to prior to my biopsy reported they were either "knocked out" or were given Valium or some other mind-numbing drug. At Johns Hopkins I took it like a man(joke). No sedation, no Valium or anything else. The 12 "sticks" were quite unpleasant, but the instruments they stuck up my "exit only" felt what it must be like to be raped by a broom handle. Good Lord! This was second only, however, to the dilation they performed several weeks after my prostatectomy. They squirted lidocaine up my other "exit only" and then inserted a camera and dilation tools. No sedation, Valium or anything else. Following that, they took me to a room and demonstrated how to self-cath. I got it in once (they said the urethra might be "slightly irritated"), pulled it out, and they wanted me to do it again! I told them I couldn't do it again. Well, I digress. The biopsy -- were you sedated, or not?