Needle Biopsy of Lung, 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 health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

A bandage will be applied over the areas where the needle was inserted. You may be asked to apply pressure to the bandage for several minutes to ensure there is minimal bleeding. In most cases, you can leave when your needle biopsy procedure is completed. Do not drive yourself home. Someone else should take you home. If you received an IV sedative or general anesthetic, you will be taken to a comfortable place to relax while the medication wears off. If you have upcoming travel scheduled, talk to your doctor about when it is safe to travel by air after the procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Expect to take it easy for the rest of the day. Protect the area where you received the needle biopsy by keeping the bandage in place for as long as instructed. You may feel some mild pain or discomfort in the area, but this should stop in a day or two. Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have pain at the biopsy site that worsens or is not helped by medication.

  • You have swelling or drainage at the needle biopsy site.

  • You have a fever.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have new or worsening shortness of breath.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You are coughing up blood.

  • You have bleeding that does not stop with pressure or a bandage.

  • You develop light-headedness or fainting.