What Is a Liver Biopsy?
GI Specialists of Georgia offers liver biopsy as an outpatient procedure to assess liver diseases and monitor treatments. The procedure involves the removal of a small tissue sample from the liver using a needle, which is typically guided by ultrasound imaging. The tissue sample is then examined under a microscope to determine if there are any abnormalities or damage to the liver. Results from the biopsy can provide valuable information for diagnosis and treatment planning.
Reasons for a Liver Biopsy Procedure
A liver biopsy is performed to diagnose and evaluate liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The procedure is recommended when other tests have not been able to determine the cause of a liver abnormality, such as irregular liver function tests or abnormal imaging results. A biopsy can also be used to monitor the progression of liver disease, to determine the best treatment or assess the effectiveness of treatment.
What Happens During & After Liver Biopsy
The entire biopsy procedure typically takes less than an hour, and the patient can usually go home the same day. After a liver biopsy, you will be observed in the recovery area to monitor for any potential complications, such as bleeding or pain. Most people can resume normal activities the following day. Results of the biopsy are usually available within a few days, and your healthcare provider will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results and any necessary treatment options. In some cases, additional follow-up tests or treatments may be recommended based on the results of the biopsy.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment in Atlanta, GA
If you’re in need of a liver biopsy, reach out to our office today. The team of experienced physicians at GI Specialists of Georgia can provide you with a comprehensive consultation and answer any questions you may have.