Need something? Call us: 1.800.4BAYLOR(1.800.422.9567)
Text Size:

 

Discharge Instructions for Kidney Biopsy

You had a procedure called a kidney biopsy. Your doctor used a special needle to remove a small piece of tissue from your kidney to examine it for signs of damage and disease. A kidney biopsy is ordered after other tests have shown that there may be a problem with your kidney. Kidney biopsies are also performed when kidney disease is suspected and to rule out cancer.

Home Care

  • Rest for 24 hours to 48 hours. Get up only to use the bathroom.

  • Don’t drive for 24 hours to 48 hours after the procedure.

  • Don’t shower for 24 hours after the biopsy. If you wish, you may wash yourself with a sponge or washcloth. When you are able to shower, don’t scrub the site. Gently wash the area and pat it dry.

  • Remove the bandage covering the biopsy site 24 hours to 48 hours after the procedure.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 3 days to 4 days after the procedure.

  • Ask your doctor when you can return to work. Be sure to tell your doctor if your job involves heavy lifting.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Blood in your urine

  • Exhaustion or extreme weakness

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Sudden or increased shortness of breath

  • Sudden chest pain

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or chills

  • Increasing redness, tenderness, or swelling at the biopsy site

  • Opening of or drainage or bleeding from the biopsy site

  • Increasing pain, with or without activity

Online Medical Reviewer: Hanrahan, John, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 11/29/2013
© 2000-2014 The StayWell Company, LLC. 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.