Liver Biopsy

Liver Biopsy

What is an Liver Biopsy?

Liver BiopsyThe liver is located in the right upper abdomen, behind the ribs. There are many different problems that may occur in the liver and some may cause permanent damage. These conditions include viral infections, reactions to drugs or alcohol, tumors, hereditary conditions, and problems with the body’s immune system.

The liver biopsy helps to answer questions that the physician has with regards to the patient’s condition. The biopsy is a small sample of liver tissue which is prepared and stained in a laboratory, so the pathologist can view it microscopically. This helps the physician make a specific diagnosis and determine the extent and seriousness of the liver condition.

What should I expect during a Liver Biopsy?

The liver biopsy is usually performed on an outpatient basis and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. A mild sedative may be given to the patient prior to the procedure. An ultrasound is used to identify the best location to perform the biopsy. After the physician determines the location, the patient lies quietly on the back. That area of the skin where the biopsy will be done is carefully cleaned. A local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and tissue. A specially designed needle is inserted through the skin into the liver and a small core of tissue is obtained.

Post Procedure: The patient is kept at rest for several hours following the exam. Medical personnel monitor the heart rate and blood pressure during this time. Before being discharged, the patient instructions will be provided about returning to normal eating and activities. Activity is usually restricted for a day or so after the biopsy.

What are the prep instructions for a Liver Biopsy? – Click for Prep Instructions.

When is an Liver Biopsy performed?

The liver biopsy helps to answer questions that the physician has with regards to the patient’s condition. When a physician evaluates a liver condition he will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. Blood studies, known as liver function tests (LFT), give an overview of the health of the liver. If LFT results are persistently abnormal, the physician will then perform additional medical studies to determine the cause of the problem.

Will my insurance pay?

Do not make the mistake of asking your insurance company, “Is it covered?” Use these detailed questions to get accurate answers about how much your insurance company will pay and how much they will make you pay.

  1. How much is my deductible? Your deductible is the amount you have to pay the doctor before your coverage begins.
  2. How much is my coinsurance?  (Example: “80/20 Coinsurance” means only after your deductible is paid the insurance company pays 80% and patient pays 20% of the cost.)
  3. Please tell the allowable cost for CPT code 76942.
  4. Please confirm that Drs. Dewan, Turk, Beyer and Sharma are participating providers? View Participation List.
  5. Do I have to use preferred facilities for procedures, x-rays, labs, and hospital admissions?
  6. Explain any potential costs from the facility, pathologists, anesthesiologists or other healthcare professionals.

Special Note: Increasingly insurance policies have up to $5,000 deductibles. If your deductible is not met before a procedure we may ask that you set up a payment plan before scheduling. This proactive approach lets you make informed decisions and avoid surprises.

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