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questions about biopsy

questions about biopsy

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Posted by south on November 04, 2000 at 22:40:04:

My husband is scheduled to have his liver biopsy next Monday. We have
proabably been
living in denial since his dx last July. He feels and looks great and his
initial blood work was "good"--
or so his doctor said. He is really nervous about the procedure itself and
of course, about the
results. Our questions are: Is this a painful procedure and does the
patient usually receive any
kind of sedative?; will he be able to return to work the next day--he works
in a steel mill driving a
forklift?; how long does it uaually take to get the results?; if the doc
recommends treatment, is it
always the best option? I know that my husband does not handle any type of
discomfort well, he
becomes cranky and VERY irritable and I've read that tx sometimes
intensifies these traits. And
although usually he's usually a happy-go-lucky guy, if something really
bothers him he gets really
down so I'm wondering about the tx causing depression. His doc asked if he
had a tendency to
get depressed and normally he doesn't, but then he has never been really
sick or incapacitated in
any way. Sorry for being so wordy, but we're both a little bit stressed
right now.
Thanks for your help
Blessings--South


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