Liver Biopsy (cont.)
Questions That Need to Answered Prior to Liver Biopsy
- Why do I need a liver biopsy?
- What are the procedure's:
- Reason for being done?
- What are the consequences of not undergoing a liver biopsy?
- What approach will be used to perform my liver
biopsy: percutaneous, transjugular, intraoperative?
- Will the biopsy be performed using ultrasound or CT scan guidance? (Such guidance is not always necessary.)
- When should I stop eating and drinking prior to my
- If I am using blood thinning medications, when
do they need to be stopped prior to the procedure?
- Should I take my other medicines the morning of the biopsy?
- If I have diabetes, what should I do with the dosing of my diabetes
- Will I receive sedation or other medications during my procedure?
- How long will I have to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
- Do I need someone to come with me or pick me up after the procedure?
- Usually, patients are not allowed to drive an automobile the day that
sedative medications are administered. Patients who are anticipated to receive
sedative medications need to arrange for transportation home.
- Will my activities be restricted following the liver biopsy? If so, for how long?
- How soon after the procedure can I return to work?
- If medications (for example, blood thinners) were stopped before the
procedure, when can they be restarted?
- What symptoms do I watch out for after the biopsy?
- What should prompt me to call the doctor's office or come to emergency
- When should I return for follow-up?
David C. Wolf, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF
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