Posted 8/4/2017 7:32 PM (GMT -6)
Hi bhdj and welcome,
I have had two biopsies, where a piece of liver is removed. they were done many years ago. My GI dr had done hundreds of biopsies. They went smoothly, and after the novacaine wore off, I had no pain. both times.
I have talked to many patients over the years, and most have had the same experience as I did. most have a little dull ache for 1 or 2 days.
Todays biopsies are guided by ultrasound to find the right entry point. According to my dr , a very small portion of biopsies can hit another organ. Some people do have pain for a few days. If you have an experienced Gi or hep dr, you should be fine.
Today many biopsies are done by specialized scans that test your liver for scarring, and fat(fibroscan). Some drs use a bloodtest with 6 values that determines level of damage(fibrotest).
But the percutaneous biopsy gives the most info
let me know if I can be of any further help.