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Will I be awake for my liver biopsy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Yes

The actually liver biopsy takes no more than a minute, but the setting up can take half an hour. Liver biopsies can be done under ultrasound guidance or just by feel.
The area is numbed locally with lidocaine, but there is no need to be sleeping during a liver biopsy.

In brief: Yes

The actually liver biopsy takes no more than a minute, but the setting up can take half an hour. Liver biopsies can be done under ultrasound guidance or just by feel.
The area is numbed locally with lidocaine, but there is no need to be sleeping during a liver biopsy.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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In brief: Yes

Most liver biopsies are performed using the guidance of ultrasound or ct.
Most of the time the patient is awake. Sometimes the patient will be given a mild sedative to relax them or to mitigate the pain of the procedure. It is fairly important for the patient to be awake as you may have to hold your breath for a short period of time during the procedure.

In brief: Yes

Most liver biopsies are performed using the guidance of ultrasound or ct.
Most of the time the patient is awake. Sometimes the patient will be given a mild sedative to relax them or to mitigate the pain of the procedure. It is fairly important for the patient to be awake as you may have to hold your breath for a short period of time during the procedure.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine

In brief: Maybe.

Most of the time liver biopsies are done under light sedation, which means technically you are not asleep as though you were under general anesthesia.
This sedation, however, does make you drowasy and comfortable. It depends on multiple factors though, so you should make that decision with your physician.

In brief: Maybe.

Most of the time liver biopsies are done under light sedation, which means technically you are not asleep as though you were under general anesthesia.
This sedation, however, does make you drowasy and comfortable. It depends on multiple factors though, so you should make that decision with your physician.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on multiple factors.

In brief: Sometimes

It depends on multiple factors.
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Dr. Lance Stein
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