The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Shower the morning of the biopsy. You may be asked to use a special antibacterial soap.
You may receive the following types of anesthesia:
Local anesthesia—Only the area that is being operated on is numbed.
—Blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the surgery; given through an IV (needle in your vein) in your hand or arm.
Description of the Procedure
There are different ways the doctor can remove the mass from your breast:
Breast Open Biopsy
You will also be given either general or local anesthesia. The skin over the area will be cleaned. The doctor will make a small cut over the area. A sample of the tissue or all of the mass will be removed. The doctor will close the site with stitches or staples. A bandage will be applied.
Breast Open Biopsy
If all of the mass is removed, then this type of biopsy may be referred to as a
This technique will be used if
the mass is too deep to be felt but can be seen with imaging tests. Once the mass is located, the doctor will place a fine wire into your breast that points to the spot that needs to be biopsied. She will make a small cut in the area and remove the mass.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
You may feel pain in your breast after the biopsy. Your doctor will prescribe pain medicine.
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Take pain medicine as directed by your doctor.
To relieve discomfort, apply a warm compress or a heating pad to the area.
Wear a supportive bra.
Ask your doctor when you should change the bandages.
Restrict exercise for 2-3 weeks after surgery.
If you have stitches, have them removed in about a week.
Be sure to follow your doctor's
It will take about 2-5 days to receive your test results.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the biopsy site
Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicine you were given after surgery, or that persist for more than two days after the procedure
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a