A skin biopsy procedure is performed with a needle device under local anesthetic in order to take a closer look at the small nerve fibers in the skin for conditions such as small fiber neuropathy. Two sites are typically biopsied, usually the upper thigh and also lateral shin just above the ankle bone or alternatively the top of the foot. The biopsy sites do not require stitches and usually heal without scaring within several weeks. This procedure is done at our office.
You may eat and drink as usual on the day of the procedure. Results typically take about two weeks to return and will be reviewed with you at your follow up appointment.