Biopsy – Liver

Percutaneous Liver Biopsy procedure involves inserting a small needle into the liver through the skin and taking a sample of tissue from your liver to determine if there is any damage or disease present.

Why do I need this procedure?

Your Doctor has asked for this procedure to be performed because you may experience some or all of the following;

  • Abnormal blood tests,
  • Estimate the degree of liver disease/damage,
  • Help determine the best treatment for liver disease/damage.

What should I expect?

  • The procedure can take between 15-30mins.
  • It is not uncommon for people to experience right shoulder tip pain immediately after the procedure – this is relieved by oral analgesia.
  • You may be required to take some time off work – please let the nurses know so they can organise a medical certificate for you.  An attendance certificate can be provided for your carer.
  • Please make sure you have someone to pick you up after your procedure.  You procedure will be cancelled if you don’t have an escort.  Please contact MIVIR as soon as possible if this cannot be arranged.

On the day of your Procedure

You will need to present to the Day Procedure Unit on the day of your biopsy – your admission time will be sent to you with your appointment time.  This will allow the nurses time to complete your admission paperwork and any other tests that may be required such as blood tests or pre-medication.

You will be required to fast for 4 hours before you procedure – this means no food or fluids.  You may take any regular medication with a small sip of water.  Please continue to take your blood pressure medication.  Please bring a list of your medications with you.

Please contact MIVIR if you are taking medication for the following;

  • Diabetes,
  • Stroke,
  • Heart Conditions such as a Heart Attack or Atrial Fibrillation.
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