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Posted by: | 08/03/2019

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Does a bone marrow biopsy leave the bone weaker than it would be if it didn't have this procedure?

I have a bone marrow biopsy scheduled soon. I'm concerned about the consequences it could have on my hip bone. For one, the elderly often die of hip bone fracture after falling. Even though I'm a healthy adult now, I'm worried that this procedure will increase my risk of fracture when older. Also, a big chunk of my weight is supported by my hip when sleeping because of sleep on the side. If my hip bone becomes weak, I will probably feel uncomfortable and will need to sleep on my back instead. I wouldn't like this. Will the procedure leave my hip bone weaker? If so, how much weaker will it be compared to a bone that didn't have a biopsy? If not, then how long does it take for the bone get strong again? Should I stop activities with good chances of falling in the meantime? Like Ice Hockey, Alpine Skiing and jogging outside in winter time.

EXPERT’S REPLY

Posted 08/03/2019

A
Hi there
A biopsy will take a small piece of bone from the iliac crest- not an area that normally fractures. The hole will also be plugged and fill up gradually- so no danger of  fracture
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