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  • Preparing for a Biopsy

  • The week before:

    • Stop taking aspirin or aspirin products (Bufferin, Excedrin, Ecotrin, etc.) For 7 days before the procedure.
    • If you take coumadin or warfarin (blood thinners), they should be stopped 4 days before the procedure and we will send you for bloodwork 2 days before the procedure. These test results should be faxed to the ultrasound department at 401-793-4441.
    • Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications (i.e., motrin (ibuprofen), indocin, Naprosyn, etc.) 7 days prior to the procedure. It is okay to take Tylenol (acetaminophen).
    • IMPORTANT: If you take aspirin or blood thinners (i.e., coumadin) less than 7 days before the procedure, please call the secretary at 401-793-4440 as the procedure may need to be rescheduled for a later date.
    • If you are having a prostate biopsy, your doctor will give you a prescription for antibiotics to be taken before and after the procedure.

    The night before:

    • Do not eat solid foods after midnight.

    The day of the procedure:

    • Do not eat or drink on the morning of the procedure if you are having a biopsy.
    • Take your regular medications with a sip of water in the morning.
    • At the hospital, first report to registration office.
    • The procedure and recovery time usually take up to 5 hours (but may vary depending on the type of procedure you are having performed).
    • You will need somebody to drive you home and be with you the night after the procedure.

    For more information, call 401-793-4505, or e-mail Sandra Moriarty.