How It Is Done continued...
Your doctor will mark a spot between two of your right
lower ribs where the biopsy needle will be inserted . The site will be cleaned
with a special soap and draped with sterile towels. The doctor will give you a
medicine (local anesthetic) to numb the area where the biopsy
needle will be inserted.
You may be asked to take a deep breath,
blow all the air out, and then hold your breath while the biopsy needle is
being inserted and withdrawn. This will take only a few seconds. Holding your
breath lowers the chance that the needle will go in your lung since the lungs
are very close to the liver. It is important to remain still during the few
seconds it takes for the doctor to collect the tissue sample. The doctor may
take another tissue sample from the same spot, but from a different
As soon as the doctor removes
the needle, you can breathe normally. A bandage will be put on the puncture
site. The test generally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
After the test
You will rest in
bed and lie on your right side for 2 to 6 hours after the test. Your pulse,
blood pressure, and temperature will be checked often after the biopsy.
You can go home if you have no problems after the test. You may eat your
regular diet. But unless your doctor tells you it is okay, do not take aspirin,
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, blood thinners, or antiplatelet
medicines for one week after the biopsy. You may do your regular activities,
but do not do strenuous activities or heavy lifting until your doctor says it
How It Feels
You may feel a brief sting or burn when
the numbing medicine (anesthetic) goes in your skin. When the biopsy needle is
inserted, you may again feel a sharp pain for a few seconds.
may feel deep pressure and a dull pain in your belly when the biopsy needle is
inserted. After the anesthetic wears off, you may feel a dull pain in your
right shoulder. This is called
referred pain and generally goes away in about 12
hours. You can take a nonprescription medicine, such as acetaminophen
(Tylenol), for the pain. Call your doctor if your pain gets worse or lasts
longer than 2 days.
A small amount of bleeding from the biopsy
site can be expected. Ask your doctor how much drainage to expect.