The nurse is preparing the client for a liver biopsy. Which statement by the client indicates a need for further instruction regarding the procedure?

  1. “I can resume strenuous activity in 2 to 3 days.”
  2. “I will have to lay on my right side after the procedure.”
  3. “I will have a small bandage instead of stitches afterward.”
  4. “My right shoulder may begin to hurt as the anesthesia wears off.”
  5. “I may have a small amount of pain or discomfort during the procedure.”
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: Following a liver biopsy, the client should avoid lifting, straining, and coughing for 1 to 2 weeks. The client must lay on the right side following the procedure and may experience some pain or discomfort throughout. The client should expect some pain in the right shoulder as anesthesia wears off. Generally a small bandage is required to cover the incision.