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How To Prepare for a Kidney Biopsy - Parkers Legacy

A sample of kidney tissue is removed for diagnostic purposes or to assess the function of a transplant.You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for the procedure.Talk to your doctor about your medical history and any drugs you are taking.

Step 1: Inform your doctor if you have a bleeding problem.

Do you bleed profusely from a small cut?To confirm that you do not have a bleeding disorder, you need to have some laboratory tests done.This will make sure that there is no bleeding during the procedure.The organ is at risk of bleeding from minor injuries.The risks of the biopsy can be increased by bleeding disorders.There are disorders in factor VIII and IX.

Step 2: Tell your doctor what you are taking.

Before the procedure, you must stop taking drugs that increase the risk of bleeding.If you inform your doctor of all the drugs and supplements you are taking they can tell you which ones to stop taking.Blood thinners such as warfarin should be avoided as a general rule, as you should stop taking them 7 to 10 days before the biopsy.aspirin and other over the counter pain medications are used to prevent blood clot formation.Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin.Blood thinning can be caused by herbs like ginkgo, garlic and fish oil.

Step 3: Inform your doctor if you are pregnant.

The risk of bleeding increases for pregnant women with high blood pressure.It’s difficult to diagnose diseases through a biopsy when you’re pregnant.One or two units of cross matched blood may be arranged by your doctor before the biopsy.Your doctor may want you to defer the procedure until after delivery.The effect of pregnancy on your kidneys will diminish after delivery.

Step 4: Provide information to the anesthesiologist.

The doctor who administers medication is the anesthesiologist.The anesthesiologist will want to know if anyone in your immediate family has had any problems with anesthesia in the past.The correct medicine is ordered by the anesthesiologist.Tell the anesthesiologist about any allergies you have or reactions to previous medications.If you have a history of bleeding, you should tell the anesthesiologist if you are on blood thinners such as Coumadin or Aspirin.Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin and others are some of the medications that cause bleeding.A few days before surgery, you will be asked to stop taking these medications.

Step 5: Discuss with your doctor what to expect during and after the procedure.

In order to make sure that you are fully prepared for the procedure, it’s best to have a clear understanding of what a kidney biopsy entails, any risks associated with it, what the potential results could mean, and how long the recovery will take.

Step 6: Make sure you don’t have an illness.

The skin of your back and abdomen should be free from infections.If you have a skin infection, the needle that is used for the procedure may carry organisms inside the body.There are many signs of skin infections.There is a chance that an open wound will get infections.If you have an illness, you may need to give a blood or urine sample.

Step 7: The form needs to be signed.

The doctor will tell you about the risks and benefits of the procedure.Just like with any surgery, you need to sign the consent form.Due to the risk of bleeding and infections, consent is usually required.Before you sign the consent form, make sure you understand the risks associated with the procedure.

Step 8: Clean and shave the area.

You need to get rid of any hair on your body.The procedure will be easier if this is done.A clean surface will give a better view of the target area and reduce the risk of infections.After you shave, take a shower and wash the area with soap.It’s important that you be as germ free as possible.

Step 9: Take the drug prescribed by the doctor.

It’s not uncommon for people to get anxious before having surgery.This fear or anxiety will be greatly reduced by anxiolytic drugs.It should be taken as prescribed by your doctor.If you don’t want to take medication for your anxiety, you can use other relaxation techniques.Slowly breathe in through your nose and hold for two seconds, then release your breath slowly out of your mouth.You must repeat five times.On the morning of the procedure, you should perform this breathing technique.Doing some deep breathing will help you relax.A way to relieve anxiety is meditation.Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a peaceful place.For a few minutes, focus on slowing your breathing.You can do this the night before and in the morning.

Step 10: Before your procedure, do not eat after midnight.

The night before the procedure, you will most likely be put on NPO status, which is the medical term for “nothing by mouth.”Your stomach needs to be empty to prevent aspiration during the procedure.Aspiration occurs when stomach contents enter the respiratory tract.

Step 11: If needed, take any medication.

You can’t eat anything the morning before the procedure, so take sips of water with your medication.This will make it easier to take the pills.Don’t eat food in the morning before your procedure.

Step 12: If you use insulin, you should not take it in the morning.

The biopsy may be difficult if you take too much insulin.You will be given short actinginsulin with a saline injection to keep your sugar level optimum.

Step 13: You should arrange for someone to drive you home.

You will be able to return home after your surgery.You may remain sleepy throughout the day because of the drugs you have received.You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home because driving yourself could be dangerous.