Millions of solid organ biopsy procedures are performed every year that sometimes result in adverse events related to the guide needle size used for collecting tissue samples and for high risk patients (those with blood disorders, or on anticoagulation medication).
Additionally, it is impossible to predict and easily detect which patients may bleed,
develop hematomas, or hemorrhage afterwards. Currently, numerous medication and procedural techniques are attempted in order to minimalize post procedure complications. These techniques include eliminating or administering new medications, using hemostatic agents to plug the biopsy channel, and holding patients in the recovery area with pressure bandages for several hours, or even overnight. However, none of these techniques are completely effective as hemorrhage requiring blood transfusions and surgical repair, and occasionally death, still occur.
Traditional techniques can result in hemorrhaging after biopsies requiring unnecessary:
Open Surgical Repair
Two Week Patient Recovery Time
Extended Hospital Stays
Over $78,000 in procedure and hospitalization costs