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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long is recovery from a liver biopsy?

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Dr. Miguel Rodriguez
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Liver biopsy: You rest for approximately four to five hours after the biopsy and then go home. At home, do not lift more than 15 lb for the next 5 days and no aspirin, advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin like drugs for the same period of time.

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A 49-year-old female asked:

How is a liver biopsy performed and how long is this procedure?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
It is quick: Liver biopsy is a commonly done procedure. It is done with a needly which is inseted thru the skin on your right lower chest on the side, between the ribs. Skin is numbed with Lidocaine and you hold your breat for a few seconds and the procedure is quickly over.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long will my liver biopsy take?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 51 years experience
15 minutes: Lie on the proper table, prep the skin, insert needle...Sometimes under ultrasound guidance, remove needle, may need more than one specimen.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long is the needle that is used for liver biopsy?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Long enough :-): A hepatologist (specialist in liver disease) can tell you precisely. But most would probably agree that the needle used is "long enough.".
Dr. Sanjay Jain
Dr. Sanjay Jain commented
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Roughly about 6-8 inch long
Apr 17, 2013

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