Diagnostic Biopsy

What happens after a bone marrow biopsy?

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    What Happens After a Bone Marrow Biopsy?
    Watch this video as oncologist Paul Shaughnessy, MD, at Methodist Hospital describes the simple outpatient procedure doctors use to take a bone marrow sample.
  • After a bone marrow biopsy (a procedure that uses a special needle to get a sample of bone and bone marrow for testing):
    • If you were given sedation medication, you should not drive, operate heavy or potentially harmful equipment, make important legal decisions, or drink alcohol for 24 hours.
    • You should avoid heavy lifting or straining for 48 hours.
    • Leave the bandage on until the next morning or longer, as instructed by your doctor.
    • You should change your Band-Aid daily until your site is completely healed (clean and dry).
    • If you have Steri-Strips (long, skinny bandage) over your biopsy site, do not remove them. Let them fall off on their own.
    • You may take a shower the day after your biopsy if the bandage is clean and dry.
    • You may take a bath starting 48 hours after your biopsy.
    • The results of your biopsy may take 10 to 14 days and will be discussed at your next doctor's visit.
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