Needle Biopsy

Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • Rest for 4 hours after your biopsy, except for getting up to go to the bathroom or as told.

  • Keep the places where the needles were put in clean and dry.

  • Do not put powder or lotion on the sites.

  • Do not shower until 24 hours after the test. Remove all bandages (dressings) before showering.

  • Remove all bandages at least once every day. Gently clean the sites with soap and water. Keep putting a new bandage on until the skin is closed.

Finding out the results of your test

Ask your doctor when your test results will be ready. Make sure you follow up and get the test results.


  • You have shortness of breath or trouble breathing.

  • You have pain or cramping in your belly (abdomen).

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • Any of the places where the needles were put in:

  • Are puffy (swollen) or red.

  • Are sore or hot to the touch.

  • Are draining yellowish-white fluid (pus).

  • Are bleeding after 10 minutes of pressing down on the site. Have someone keep pressing on any place that is bleeding until you see a doctor.

  • You have any unusual pain that will not stop.

  • You have a fever.

If you go to the emergency room, tell the nurse that you had a biopsy. Take this paper with you to show the nurse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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