Bone Marrow Aspiration, Bone Marrow Biopsy

Care After

Read the instructions outlined below and refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. While your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, unavoidable complications occasionally occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, call your caregiver.

FINDING OUT THE RESULTS OF YOUR TEST

Not all test results are available during your visit. If your test results are not back during the visit, make an appointment with your caregiver to find out the results. Do not assume everything is normal if you have not heard from your caregiver or the medical facility. It is important for you to follow up on all of your test results.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

You have had sedation and may be sleepy or dizzy. Your thinking may not be as clear as usual. For the next 24 hours:

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, and or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Do not drink alcohol.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Do not drive.

  • Do not make important legal decisions.

  • Do not operate heavy machinery.

  • Do not care for small children by yourself.

  • Keep your dressing clean and dry. You may replace dressing with a bandage after 24 hours.

  • You may take a bath or shower after 24 hours.

  • Use an ice pack for 20 minutes every 2 hours while awake for pain as needed.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain at the biopsy site.

  • There is pus coming from the biopsy site.

  • There is drainage from a biopsy site lasting longer than one day.

  • An unexplained oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medications given.