The Heart Biopsy
What is a Heart Biopsy?
The heart biopsy is a
procedure performed under local anastisia and in transplant recipients is
performed when searching for possible rejection.
What does the procedure involve- is it
Firstly the biopsy procedure
isnít painful, below is a step-by-step guide to whatís involved.
You are taken down to theatre, there are three members of the medical
team involved, (A, The Surgeon or doctor, B, The E.C.G. Technician C, The
You are required to lie on your back with your head towards the left hand
You are then given a small injection into your neck.
The surgeon then makes a small incision and threads a small wire into the
neck and down the main artery to the heart.
He then uses the end of the wire to remove around four small pieces of
He then removes the small wire and then presses on the small wound for
around 1-2 minutes. The procedure is then finished.
The biopsy procedure overall takes around 15-20 minutes and results are
usually ready within 24hours; hopefully thereís no rejection.