Home Care after Liver Biopsy
What to Expect
After the numbing medicine wears off, you may feel some mild pain.
A pressure dressing will be applied to the biopsy site. You may remove the dressing the next day, and if needed, apply a Band aid®.
- You must have an adult to take you home and stay with you for the first 16 hours after you are discharged.
- You should not drive today.
- Rest today. Do not do any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 1 week.
- Do not drink alcohol. Do not take tranquilizers or sleeping pills tonight.
- You may resume your routine medicines unless told otherwise.
- You may resume your normal diet. Start out light to prevent nausea.
- There may be some soreness or redness at the IV site for a day or two. You can relieve this by placing a warm, moist washcloth over the area. Please contact your primary doctor if this does not improve in a couple of days.
- Do not make any important decisions today.
When to call us
- If you have new pain or pain that is getting worse.
- If you have any questions once you are at home.
If you have a severe pain, difficulty breathing, or dizziness while you are at home, go to your nearest Emergency Room right away.
Digestive Health Center, 8am to 5pm weekdays, (608) 890-5000.
After clinic hours, please call (608) 890-5000. Give your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live outside of the Madison area, please call 1-855-342-9900.
UW Health Digestive Health Center
750 University Row
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
GI Procedure Clinic
600 Highland Avenue
Meriter Hospital Digestive Health Center
202 S. Park Street
The Spanish version of this HFFY is #6506.
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Last Updated: 04/24/2013
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