I want to share my experience of having a liver biopsy to maybe help a few people. I know I was terrified.
Let me start by saying I am in the states, New Jersey. Some things could be slightly different as far as how long they keep you in recovery, things like that.
I always assumed they would go through my ribs on the side of my body. I always assumed I would be given " twilight sedation". I always assumed I would lay for up to 4 hours unable to even go to the toilet. None of these things happened!
After I checked in to hospital I was taken to a room and told to change. I was told to leave my pants, and sneakers on ( I would be half ready to get out of there soon as I could, lol) The nurse talked to me, asked a few questions. By 10am I was on my way to have the biopsy. Long story short they did a ultrasound and said he would do the biopsy from the front and explained everything to me.
I was given a mild sedative in my I.v., the doctor marked the spot and then gave me the lidocaine, which was not too bad. He made just a nic my skin and put the biopsy needle about a finger length above my belly button.
All along I thought they go between the ribs, which can be more uncomfortable.
I only had a slight discomfort as the needle passed, he did 3 passes.
Honestly, it was a slight discomfort. The nurse had to hold pressure for 10 minutes, this was uncomfortable .
After this they took me to recovery where I lay for 2 hours. My family stayed with me, even brought me coffee! I was able to eat some toast.
Overall it was okay. Do I want to do it again? No, but I won't be a basket case next time.
Now I await the results. Will it prove to be AIH? I don't know but I am nervous.
So ask your doctor everything you want to know about the biopsy so you know exactly what to expect.
I am happy this is behind me.