After a needle kidney biopsy, you will be told to lie down on your back for several hours. After this, you should avoid strenuous activity for the next 2 to 3 days.
It's normal to feel some soreness in the area of the biopsy for 2 to 3 days. You may have a small amount of bleeding on the bandage after the biopsy. You may notice some blood in your urine after the biopsy. This should go away within 12 to 24 hours. If it doesn't, call your doctor or nurse call line.
If you are feeling well, you should be able to get back to work within a week. But avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, for up to another week.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and call your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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