Discharge Instructions for Liver Biopsy
You had a procedure called liver biopsy. A healthcare provider used a special needle to remove a small piece of tissue from your liver. Then it was examined for signs of damage or disease. A liver biopsy is ordered after other tests have shown that your liver is not working properly. You may also have a liver biopsy when liver disease is suspected, to determine whether there is too much iron in the liver, or to rule out cancer.
Recommendations include the following:
- Because you had anesthesia, you should not drive until the day after your biopsy.
- Remove the bandage covering the biopsy site 48 hours after the procedure.
- Rest for 6 hours and take it easy when you arrive home.
- Don't shower for 24 hours after the biopsy. If you wish, you may wash yourself with a sponge or washcloth. When you are able to shower, don't scrub the site. Gently wash the area and pat it dry.
- Don't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for up to 1 week after the procedure, or as advised by your healthcare provider.
- Don't do strenuous activities or exercises for up to 1 week after the procedure.
- Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to work.
- Do not start taking blood thinners without clear instructions from your healthcare provider.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
When to call your healthcare provider
Call your healthcare provider immediately if you have any of the following:
- Bleeding from the biopsy site
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Sudden or increased shortness of breath
- Sudden chest pain
- Fever above 100.4?F (38.0?C)
- Shaking chills
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Increasing redness, tenderness, or swelling at the biopsy site
- Drainage from the biopsy site
- Opening of the biopsy site
- Vomiting blood
- Rectal bleeding or bloody stools
- Increasing pain, with or without activity, in the liver or belly area, or pain shooting to the right shoulder
- Increasing pain, with or without activity