During a percutaneous liver biopsy, the most common liver biopsy technique, the doctor injects a local anesthetic that may cause a brief stinging sensation, as stated by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Patients may also feel a s... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A standard liver biopsy takes only five minutes and requires the doctor to insert a fine needle into a small abdominal incision in order to extract a minute sample of liver tissue, explains WebMD. A laparoscopic procedur... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Patients are monitored in a recovery room for up to four hours after a liver biopsy and then driven home because they are still sedated, states Mayo Clinic. Patients should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous physical activit... More » Health Conditions & Diseases
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