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.
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.
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 done found fibrosis. No hep no bc no alcohol. Can biopsy not be deep enough in 9.5cmX6cm mass to see the true issue?
Liver biopsy. If the current biopsy has a diagnosis which is not conclusive I would ask for a second pathology group to evaluate the biopsy sample. A 9.5cm mass is large and can usually be targeted. Ask your doctor to speak with the radiologist who performed the biopsy to ensure they feel the needle was in good location during the biopsy. A repeat biopsy may be in order. Best of luck.