What Should Patients Expect During Recovery from a Muscle Biopsy?

Recovery from a muscle biopsy usually involves rest and avoiding strenuous activities for a few days. Here are some key points about the recovery process:

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort.
  • Care of Biopsy Site: Keep the biopsy site clean and dry. Follow the healthcare provider’s instructions on how to care for the wound and when to change bandages.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, or any activity that puts strain on the biopsy site for at least a few days.
  • Follow-Up: Attend follow-up appointments to discuss the biopsy results and any further treatment needed based on the findings.
  • Signs of Complications: Watch for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge from the biopsy site, and contact your healthcare provider if these occur.