It's not a bee sting. Despite using a local anesthetic, a liver biopsy is at best uncomfortable. A rather large gauge needle is used. Goes through the skin and muscle on the side of your abdomen and into the liver. Once there, the worse is over, pain wise.
Mildly. Some patients have more discomfort than others, in general its well tolerated.
Not much. If there are no complications, it should not hurt much more than a prick with a thick needle.
Pain is relative. One would think that a liver biopsy is very painful, but actually as long as you are prepared mentally and perhaps take a medication to relax you, it is not that bad at all. I would recommend xanax (alprazolam). What is more important about a liver biopsy is the chance of bleeding from the biopsy site over the next 24 hours. Be very careful to rest afterward and avoid any exertion.
It depends. The liver is not largely innervated with pain nerve fibers. So any pain that is felt during the procedure should be largely related to the biopsy instruments penetrating the skin, soft tissues and muscle of the abdominal wall. Anxiety also plays a large role in pain perception, so it is important to be mentally prepared for the procedure with realistic expectations and communication with doctor.
Needle biopsy. Liver biopsy is generally done with a thick needle that removes a core of the tissue. It would be painful to the extent that inserting a thick needle through the skin will cause pain.
Liver biopsy. In my hospital, liver biopsy is performed with conscious sedation, or medication given through an IV to relax and decrease pain. Next, local anesthesia is administered, which feels like a bee sting. An ultrasound is used to guide a biopsy needle into the liver, and samples are obtained. With proper local anesthesia, the procedure should not be painful.
Short time. A stereotactic biopsy does not take much time to recover from at all (hours to a couple of days). The biopsies can be done two ways: through the skin or from the GI tract. They are done "blind" (in image guidance) or via radiographic guidance (ct or ultrasound). They are not painful, although you will have some discomfort.
Liver biopsy. Ultrasound guided biopsy reasonably safe. Risk of bleeding number one complaint by patients is having to lay to stomach for a number of hours. Once was done without us guidence had possibility of accidental lung biopsy with pneumothorax. Much rarer.
Not very. In experienced hands, ultrasound guided liver biopsy has a complication rate well below 5%.
Safe test. If imaging is used like ultrasound or ct it is safer. See radiologyinfo. Org.
Depends. Depends whether you have liver disease or not. It also depends on what type liver disease you have.
Liver biopsy. A core biopsy of liver can be used to help diagnose a wide variety of medical liver diseases, the presence of cirrhosis and the presence of certain tumors, including metastatic tumors. Fine needle aspirations of liver masses are usually performed to assess for the presence or absence of a malignancy.