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  • Liver Biopsy

Patient Instructions - Liver Biopsy

A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a needle is inserted through your skin into your liver to obtain a sample of tissue. A liver biopsy is done to rule out liver disease.

Before your procedure

  • Certain medications may increase your risk of bleeding and may need to be held prior to your procedure. You may resume these medications the day after your procedure unless otherwise instructed.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your liver biopsy.

During your procedure

  • A radiologist will use ultrasound or CT pictures for guidance when selecting the best site for the biopsy.

  • The radiologist will mark the best spot for the biopsy.

  • A local anesthetic (numbing medication) will be injected into the area using a small needle. You may feel a burning or stinging sensation as the medication is injected.

  • The biopsy needle is then placed and a sample is taken.

  • Length of the procedure is about 45 minutes.

After your procedure

  • Expect to rest and be monitored for 4-6 hours following the biopsy.

  • The lab will send biopsy results to your physician.

  • Your doctor will be contacted with the results of your test and will discuss the results with you.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider. 

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