Welcome to healing well. I just had a liver biopsy this past week, and my Drs chose to have interventional radiology do a transjugular liver biopsy. The Doctor inserted a small tube into my jugular (neck) vein. X-rays helped them guide the tube into a large vein in my liver. A small needle was inserted through the tube and down into the liver. The needle removed 2 or 3 small samples of tissue. They were also able to test pressures and also check the flow of the veins in and out of my liver to see if they were blocked. Sounds worse than it is.
5 years ago, I had my first biopsy through my abdomen that determined I had cirrhosis, but now I have ascites issues which may be why they chose the transjugular route. It's a newer technique and almost painless. Look it up online for yourself and ask your Dr what he thinks. I've also heard fibroscans can give some non invasive results as well.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Blessed with a liver transplant on April 24, 2017.
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