Depending on the biopsy kind, the doctor might give certain advice such as:
Do not take certain medications, such as aspirin or blood thinners.
Do not eat or drink prior to the procedure.
Have a list of all medications, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter products.
Tell your doctor about any allergies.
Tell your doctor about any current illness.
Tell your doctor if there is potential for pregnancy.
Recovery from a biopsy procedure?
If your doctor prescribes a local anesthetic (numbing only the area where the test is being performed), then you will be able to go home after the procedure but If you have a general anesthetic, you might have to stay overnight. After the procedure, you might feel pain in the biopsy area. If this occurs, your doctor can prescribe pain medication. In most cases, you will not have pain after the procedure. Recovery times can vary from person to person.
Who does biopsies?
Biopsies are routinely done by trained doctors. The tissue is then sent for testing. You should discuss with your doctor who will interpret the results. This will vary by procedure. In any case, your health care provider will give you the results of the procedure, usually within a week to 10 days.
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John Costin III, MD. Dr. Costin is Professional Staff at Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center.
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