What Should Patients Expect During Recovery from a Kidney Biopsy?

Recovery from a kidney biopsy typically involves a period of rest and careful monitoring. Key aspects of the recovery process include:

  • Rest: Patients are usually advised to rest in bed for several hours after the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise for at least 48 hours after the biopsy.
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye out for signs of complications, such as increased pain, fever, or blood in the urine, and contact your healthcare provider if these occur.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers may be used to manage discomfort, but avoid medications that can affect blood clotting, such as aspirin.
  • Follow-Up: Attend follow-up appointments to discuss the biopsy results and any further treatment or monitoring that may be needed based on the findings.