So You're About to Get a Bone Marrow Biopsy...
What is a Bone Marrow Biopsy/ Aspiration?
A bone marrow biopsy is a procedure used to see if you have a certain type of blood disorder. It can also be used to see how your body is reacting to treatment. In a bone marrow biopsy the doctor will take a sample of your bone marrow and bone, in a bone marrow aspiration the doctor will take a sample of bone marrow fluid. The doctor will take the small sample from your hip.
Why is a bone marrow biopsy/aspiration important?
Your bone marrow is the blood making factory in your body. This is the best place to look to see if there are any problems with your blood.
What happens during a bone marrow biopsy/aspiration?
You will have to go to a place in the hospital called PACU, this is located in the Kimmell building. A transporter from there will come to your room and bring you there in a wheelchair or on a bed.
Once you get to PACU you will have your own bed and place where your parents can sit right next to you.
The nurses will ask you to lay on the bed and they will give you a special medicine to make you fall asleep. This medicine will keep you asleep for the whole procedure. You will not feel or remember anything.
When you are asleep the doctor will take the sample of your bone marrow.
After one hour you will wake up with a small bandaid on your hip where the doctor took the sample.
What is your job during the bone marrow biopsy/aspiration?
Your job is to follow the doctors and nurses instructions before the procedure. You will be asleep during the procedure so you will not need to do anything else. Remember your parents can be there the whole time.
What helps during a bone marrow biopsy/aspiration?
Bring something to do while you wait to go to sleep.
While you are falling asleep you can think of your favorite place and take deep breaths.
If you feel sore after, remember to tell your nurse so she can help you.