Re: Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration...
Hi, secret gardens: I have Waldenstroms and underwent this procedure on 7-18-11 to confirm the diagnosis.
Not a pleasant procedure. You must lie on your side - perfectly still - the PA will use Lidocaine to deaen the area - the numbing is really fast.
A long needle is inserted thru the bone and bone marrow and fluid is retrieved.
Takes only about 10 minutes. Worst part is going into the bone, because the bone cannot be deadened and then when the needle is removed is quite painful