How do bone marrow biopsies typically work?

Biopsy... You are typically on your stomach and lightly sedated. The area on the back of your pelvis (hip region) is injected with local anesthesia and a "large" needle is placed into the bone marrow cavity to remove a sample of the contents.
Needle biopsy. Often a syringe with a larger bore needle can be used under a local but there are many ways to perform this depending on location how much is need etc.

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Can you tell me how do bone marrow biopsies work?

See below. Bone marrow biopsy and aspirate are done to diagnose disorders of blood and bone marrow. This site provides a short description of the procedure and indications for the procedure. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003934.htm. Read more...

Does getting a bone marrow biopsy typically hurt?

Depends. If your receive conscious sedation, you will not have noticeable pain during the procedure. Afterward, you may have pain for a day or so unless there is an untoward complication. I had one and it hurt minimally for 24 hours. I had conscious sedation. Read more...
Bone biopsy. Yes, but some local anesthetic can partially less the pain from the soft tissue aspect. Read more...

How much bone marrow is typically collected during a bone marrow biopsy?

A few cc; Say a teaspoon to a tablespoon. You will replace it the same day. Read more...
About 1/2 a teaspoon. It depends on the depth of the bone marrow needle and the depth to which the doctor is able to insert it, but the amount is usually very small. Read more...

Will I need time off work after a bone marrow biopsy?

Not likely. The site of biopsy will be sore for a day or two, but you should be able to return to work the day after. More important for your ability to work may be the reason for which you need bone marrow biopsy. Read more...

Hi my insurance doesn't pay for hematologist, and I need a bone marrow biopsy. How much does this test cost, including lab work and doctor fee´s?

You have to check. In the local area , unfortunately it is so variable for the same service , if you can not afford , speak to your doctor will do at reduced cost , even may wave it , other alternative go to a city hospital or clinic . Read more...
Call a lawyer. Dr. Rao also gave you good advice. Please also seriously consider contacting an attorney who's known for being willing to help ordinary people without money. If you actually need a bone marrow exam -- for example, to rule leukemia in or out -- no insurance carrier will deny you. Read more...

Platelets hover between 96-160k, also get weak/aches. All other blood work stays normal. Would this still warrant a bone marrow biopsy?

Not necessarily. If all other blood test results are normal, you do not have any abnormal bleeding, you may wish to wait and watch. If the platelet count stays stable at its current level, it will not be an issue and will not cause any problems. You should follow your doctor's advice for repeat tests. Read more...