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How to Prepare for a Needle Biopsy

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How to Prepare for a Needle Biopsy

Doctors use needle biopsies for a number of reasons. They may perform a needle biopsy to diagnose a disease, to rule out a condition, or to see how well a treatment is working. Regardless of the reason for the needle biopsy, knowing more about it and how to prepare before your aging relative has one can make the process easier.

Types of Needle Biopsies

There are two kinds of needle biopsies. The senior’s doctor will tell them which kind they will be having.

Home Care Manhattan Beach CA - How to Prepare for a Needle Biopsy

Home Care Manhattan Beach CA – How to Prepare for a Needle Biopsy

The two types are:

Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA): FNA involves a thin needle. The needle is fixed to a syringe to draw a little fluid or a tiny tissue sample into the syringe. Depending on how close to the surface of the skin the site of the sample is, the doctor will either feel for the spot or use an imaging test to guide the needle to the proper place. FNAs don’t require an incision.

Core Biopsy: The needle used to perform a core biopsy is larger than the kind used for an FNA. This kind of biopsy requires local anesthesia and takes a cylindrical sample. Depending on the depth of the sample, a doctor might use an imaging test to locate the correct area.

Preparing for the Procedure

The doctor will provide specific instruction for the senior to follow before their biopsy. In some cases, there may not be any preparation necessary. However, your aging relative may receive some of the following instructions:

  • Don’t take aspirin or aspiring substitutes for up to one week before the procedure.
  • Stop eating a certain number of hours before the biopsy.
  • If the biopsy involves a CT scan of the abdomen, the older adult may need to drink a liquid containing the contrast material before the test.
  • The doctor may require routine blood work ahead of time.
  • Stop taking blood thinners prior to the biopsy.

If your aging relative has been scheduled for a biopsy, a home care provider can help them to prepare. A home care provider can remind them not to take aspirin or blood thinners during the specified time period. A home care provider can also drive them to the doctor’s office to have their routine blood work done. If your aging relative is feeling nervous about the test, a home care provider can help to ease their fears by listening while they talk and offering distractions to keep their mind off it. If a family member cannot be there on the day of the biopsy, a home care provider can even drive the senior to the appointment and back home again.


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Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.

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