Biopsies are performed with local anesthetic, although intravenous sedation may be given to help relax the patient. The procedure involves placing a small needle through the skin into the liver using either ultrasound or CT scan to ensure proper placement.
The results of the biopsy are usually available in 1-2 weeks and patients are asked to schedule a follow up appointment to review the results with the physician.
When your test results are received in the office you will be notified to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results and further plan of care with the physician. Liver biopsy results are not discussed or reviewed by the staff over the phone. If you have any questions, please call the office.