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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 24–48 hours. Get up only to use the bathroom.

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

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 3–4 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.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

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 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: Arora, Neiha, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Lash, James P, MD
Last Review Date: 11/2/2011
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