* Patients prepare for a liver biopsy by stopping medications that might interfere with blood clotting and by having blood drawn to make sure clotting is normal.
*Patients should not eat or drink for 8 hours before the liver biopsy and should arrange a ride home.
* Results from a liver biopsy take a few days to come back.
* Most patients fully recover from a liver biopsy in 1 to 2 days.
* The major risk of liver biopsy is excessive bleeding, called hemorrhage.