Core biopsy done - blood on dressing

Hi everyone had my core biopsy today and thankfully it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I am a bit sore now but not awful. The doctor said to keep the dressing on for 24 hours, but I can see blood through it. I had to stay quite a bit longer as the incision took ages to stop bleeding, to the point where they asked if I was on medication that could cause that (I am not!). Is it ok to leave a dressing with blood on it on for that long? I didn’t ask this at the hospital as I didn’t look down at the dressing at the time. Thanks. Xx

Hello Frances


Glad to hear it went okay. With regard to the bleeding, the very same thing happened to me. I felt something dripping on my arm during biopsy and when they looked I was bleeding heavily and it took ages to stop. Leaving the dressing on will be fine, that’s what I had to do. I was told that if I started to bleed again to apply pressure over the dressing until it stopped and if the bleeding persisted to go to A&E. Luckily I didn’t have to!


Good luck with your results, do you have an appointment to go back?