• Who has had a bone marrow biopsy?

    Asked by OldGuy on Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Who has had a bone marrow biopsy?

    It sounds painful, do they really drill a hole in your hip bone?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar

      Actually, what they do is insert a needle and aspirate some marrow for the pathologist to examine. They deaden the area and give you pain killers or sedation if desired. No drilling. I have had about a dozen of them. Bi-lateral biopsy once. All are walk-in-walk-out. My worst, I was sore at the needle site for about two weeks - but soreness more than pain. Most of them I barely felt afterwards. My last one I did with local anesthetic only. No sedation or Fentanyl lollipop. Easy peasy. Now the actual marrow aspiration is a fairly strong, but dull pain for 2-3 seconds, then it's gone. They might need 2-3 samples, but maybe not.

      The thing is, like the website YELP, you rarely hear about the good or the best, only the worst.

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had one done over 30 years ago, what I remember about it is they told me that they could deaden the area around the hip, but couldn't deaden the bone. But, I shouldn't feel much because they would give me a shot and some other medicine that would make me forget that period of time. It was strange, but it worked. I don't remember much about that whole day. All in all, it wasn't that bad of a procedure.

      4 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I was not given any medications and if I were to need it again, I would for sure ask for some. The Dr numbed the area and numbed the area around the bone, but it was a "blind" test, so when she went back in to take the marrow she missed the numbed spot. She said " I missed" I was like, " you think!?" I would definitly ask for something to make you less anxious.

      4 months ago

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