Liver Biopsy

What is Liver Biopsy?

LIVER BIOPSY – is a procedure to remove a small piece of the liver so it can be examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease.

What to Expect

Prior to the test you will have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You will have a light sedation for the procedure so you will need someone to drive you home. When you arrive at the hospital you will have an IV started and lab work will be done to check your bleeding time and will receive an IV antibiotic. A health history will be obtained and you will be connected to an EKG monitor. This will take place in Special Procedures then you will be transported to x-ray for the procedure. Flouroscopy will be used for the physician to visualize your liver.

What Happens After

After the procedure you will be taken to the recovery area and be required to lie on your right side for 1 hour. You will have a small dressing on your right upper abdomen. After 1 hour you will be allowed to lie on your back and have something to drink. You will then be ready for discharge. After discharge you will be able to resume a normal diet, you may feel drowsy and will need to rest the remainder of the day. You may have some discomfort at the biopsy site which will be treated with over the counter pain medications. You will resume normal activities the following day.