Postoperative Care

Immediately following the procedure, a sterile dressing is placed over the skin entry site(s). The patient is observed in recovery for 2-4 hours, depending on the type of anesthesia that was used. Monitoring of the patient including vital signs is continued during the recovery period. The puncture site is periodically observed for signs of active bleeding or for expanding hematoma. Strict bed rest is maintained throughout the recovery period. When the patient is judged to be stable, either by the radiologist who performed the procedure or by the anesthesiologist who sedated the patient, he or she is discharged from the recovery area: an outpatient goes home, an inpatient to a hospital room. An instruction sheet with attention to wound care and observation should be given to all outpatients. All patients should be informed that the test results might not be available for several days owing to specimen processing requirements. More important, patients should also be made aware of the small, but real possibility that the test results may be nondiagnostic, whereupon a repeat percutaneous biopsy or an open biopsy may be required. Adequate follow-up on all biopsy procedures is essential, and the final results should be communicated to the referring clinician(s).

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