A liver biopsy is the examination and analysis of a small piece of your liver tissue to check for any signs of disease or unhealthy conditions. It is a small surgery, so your doctor will only order it if other tests come back abnormal and suggest that there may be a problem with your liver. Reasons why your doctor might order a liver biopsy include the following.
The liver biopsy takes place in the hospital. The whole procedure takes less than half an hour. You lie on your back and receive a local anesthetic to numb the area near the liver. While you hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds, the doctor takes a small sample of your liver using a needle. The sample is sent to a lab for analysis.
You will stay on your right side for an hour or two after the procedure with a towel pressed against you. A nurse will check your pain levels and monitor your vital signs during this time.
A week before your scheduled lived biopsy, your doctor will instruct you to stop taking blood thinners, including aspirin. Do not eat or drink anything overnight or for at least 8 hours before your appointment. Ask your doctor about taking your regular medications during this time.
You can leave the hospital when you have recovered slightly. You cannot drive yourself because of the sedative, so you should arrange a ride home before the procedure. The doctor may order 8 to 12 hours of bed rest, except for using the bathroom. You may have pain in your shoulder for another week due to your diaphragm muscle being irritated by the procedure. You can take Tylenol, but not asprin or ibuprofen to numb the pain.
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