Standard transrectal biopsies of the prostate involve the insertion of a rectal probe while at the same time shooting a needle into the prostate, via the rectum. The procedure has the inherent danger of infecting the prostate with bacteria from the rectum. Despite the incidence being acceptably low, if it can be avoided, all the better.
Dr Kenny du Toit provides transperineal prostate biopsies. By advancing the biopsies needle through the perineum with the aid of a specialized biopsy guide, infection can almost completely be eliminated. This option is also suited to patients with underlying bowel pathology.