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 for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • If the muscle biopsy was performed on an arm or leg, avoid activity as directed by your caregiver.

  • Take showers, not baths, until your caregiver directs you otherwise.

  • Change bandages (dressings) if needed or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Resume your normal diet as directed or allowed by your caregiver.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments for stitch or staple (suture) removal as directed by your caregiver.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increased bleeding from wound or wounds.

  • You see redness, swelling, or have increasing pain in wound or wounds.

  • You have yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from your wound or wounds.

  • You develop an unexplained temperature over 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You have a bad smell coming from a wound or dressing.

  • You are lightheaded or feel faint.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing

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