A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of liver tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. This test allows your physician to test for hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, and tumors.
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia by an interventionalist radiologist or by a surgeon under general anesthesia. Sometimes the procedure is performed using an ultrasound or a CT scan to guide the physician. During this procedure a small needle is inserted into the liver while you hold your breath.
After the liver biopsy you are required to lie on your right side for a period of time up to two hours. Then you will need to lie on your back for a short time. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and respirations are monitored while you are resting following the procedure. When the local anesthetic wears off following the procedure, you may feel some mild discomfort.
Following the procedure you will need to allow yourself time to rest and recover from the procedure. You will need to avoid taking any medication that may interfere with your body’s blood clotting ability such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
You will need to contact your physician should you develop a fever, any change or worsening of your pain, or notice any drainage for the site of the biopsy.
*Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxin for the 7 days before your procedure*