Muscle Biopsy

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines as directed by your caregiver.  

  • Limit activities or movements as directed by your caregiver.  

  • Take showers. Do not take baths until your caregiver approves.  

  • Remove or change any bandages (dressings) only as directed by your caregiver. You may have skin adhesive strips over the biopsy site. Do not take the strips off. They will fall off on their own.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments with your caregiver. Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results.  

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increased bleeding from the biopsy site. 

  • You develop increasing redness, swelling, or pain in the area of the biopsy.  

  • You have yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from the biopsy site. 

  • You have a fever.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the biopsy site or dressing.  

  • You are light-headed or feel faint.  

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You have any reaction or side effects to medicines given.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.