long ride after biopsy--ok?

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sammies
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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello--visiting from the crohn's and ostomy boards. Going in for a liver biopsy on Friday--pretty scared. GI keeps telling me not to worry about the procedure at all. He explained numbing the area and the quick needle extraction. I just did a lot of reading--any site I could, it's 1am, i'm scared, and have a few questions. Hope someone can help.

I have an hour's ride home from the hospital after the biopsy--will I need to lie down in the car?

How long do folks usually "Recover" on the right side? i'm reading 2-4 hours? Will I get something to eat?

Doc says I can't take xanax before the procedure but websites talk about sedative. Is this pain med afterward?

A friend told me to bring a book. Any other suggestions?
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 5/27/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sammies, Welcome to the hep forum. I had a liver biopsy about 30 years ago and they kept me in the hospital most of the day to lie still. I can honestly say I didn't feel like reading after mine. I don't think they fed me either. But my others will give their experience. Good luck........thoughts and prayers.......
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hep93
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   Posted 5/28/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Sammies, I had a liver biopsy in '93 and my experience was the same as Pink Grandma's.  I had to get there before 7 AM, NPO from midnight the night before.  I got no med prior to the bx except for numbing of the skin.  I did get Demerol afterwards.  I was in a private room in a 23-hour stay, on my right side, until 4 PM when my then-husband came and drove me home.  I could sit up for the short drive.  I talked on the phone some in the hospital, may have watched a little TV, but I surely wouldn't have wanted to read or been able to because of the sedation.  I took the following day off from work as I was still hurting, but after that I was fine.

Hope this helps.


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sammies
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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the help. I called the hospital and talked to the nicest nurse who eased my fears. I'm sure it will hurt but I'm more at ease. After the procedure, I'll be on my right side for 2 hours and then on my back for 2-3. My husband will be allowed to be in recovery with me. Should be outta there in a total of 4-5 hours and they will feed me lunch. Not to worry about the ride but am to take it easy this weekend. Hopefully, things will go as well as she suggested. Then, it's waiting on the results. oy!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


hep93
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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Maybe they've found that it's not necessary to lie on the side for so long.  The purpose is to prevent bleeding.

Good luck to you and let us know the results when you get them!


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sammies
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the support! I am awaiting the results. . .sigh.

The procedure was quick and really not painful. I reported at 7:30, Doc did procedure around 8, and I was discharged at 10:30. Normally, they keep folks 4 hours but b/c he did it without a sedative, I was able to go. Unfortunately, I was very, very dehydrated so the ride home was interesting. I have a very small bruise from the biopsy itself and it still just hurts to the touch but nothing major.

Trying to think positive thoughts.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


hep93
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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Sammies, I'm glad the experience wasn't a bad one for you.  I'm surprised that they let you go so soon, but they must have felt you would be okay.  Please let us know the biopsy results when you get them.  I know the waiting is the worst part.

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