Liver Biopsy; Indications, Contraindications, Preparing and Procedure

Liver biopsy technique

The first thing you will receive is local anesthesia. In some cases, you might feel a bit sedated, depending on the case. However, in this article, we’re describing the most common procedure: a percutaneous liver biopsy.

You will be positioned on the operating table or bed lying on your back without pillows and will be asked to take your right arm behind your head. You might also need to angle your feet to your left to increase the available space for the procedure.

After locating the liver through percussion or imaging techniques, the doctor will mark the place where the biopsy needle will be inserted, usually located between your lower ribs. The surrounding area will be sterilized with povidone-iodine solution, and you might feel a burning sensation radiating to your shoulders when you’re given a local anesthetic.

The doctor will place sterile drapes around the puncture area, and the biopsy needle will be inserted between the ribs. After placing the biopsy needle inside the liver, the doctor will withdraw it slightly to remove the debris and ask you to expire and hold your breath. You’re done when the syringe suctions the biopsy sample, and the needle is removed.

The doctor will apply some pressure and use an adhesive bandage to cover the puncture site. You will be instructed to remain on your right side for one hour or two. Throughout this time, your vitals will be measured.

Written by Martin Davis