A bone biopsy can be done in a clinic with a local anesthesia. During a bone biopsy a small sample of bone is taken from the body and sent to the lab. The sample will be looked at under a microscope. The lab staff will look for cancer, infection, and other bone disorders.
It is easier for the bone biopsy to be taken from a bone that is close to the skin surface but away from any internal organs. The biopsy also needs to be done away from large blood vessels. However, a bone biopsy can be taken from any bone in the body. Most of the time the bone biopsy is done on a bone that shows a problem when an x-ray was done.
There are many times a bone biopsy needs to be done. A few are listed below:
If you are having an open bone biopsy your surgeon may be able to do a surgical procedure right then if one is needed. So before your bone biopsy you should discuss the following with you doctor:
If you are having a bone marrow biopsy:
The medical personnel will insert a needle (closed needle biopsy) through the skin directly into the bone. You will have a local anesthetic to lessen the pain you will feel during the procedure. Some patients are also given intravenous pain medicine and/or a sedative.
Or an incision is made through the skin to expose an area of the bone (open biopsy). You may be given a general anesthesia or spinal anesthesia for this procedure.
If you are in need of a bone biopsy you can have the procedure done at Outpatient Services East. The entire staff (medical and non-medical) will do all they can to make you time with them pleasant. Call them if you need any information about their facility.
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