How It Feels
Closed or needle biopsy
You may feel a brief pinch
or sting from the numbing medicine. You may feel pressure or a brief, sharp
pain as the needle enters the bone. You may also feel an aching pain or
pressure when the bone tissue sample is taken out. After the procedure, the
biopsy site may be sore and tender for up to a week. Your doctor will talk to
you about pain medicine.
You will be asleep or the area will be
numb so you will not feel any pain. After the biopsy, you may feel sleepy for
about 2 hours. The biopsy site may be sore and tender for up to a week. Your
doctor will talk to you about pain medicine.
After a bone biopsy
- If a closed biopsy is done, you may go
home shortly after the procedure. If you got a sedative, you may need to stay
longer and have someone drive you home.
- If an open biopsy is done,
you may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Arrange to have someone drive
you to and from the hospital or clinic.
- A bandage will be placed
over the biopsy site. You may be told to keep the biopsy site covered and dry
for 48 hours. A small amount of bleeding from the biopsy site is normal. Ask
your doctor how much drainage to expect.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
October 4, 2012
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