After an area of suspicious tissue is found on a mammogram or ultrasound of the breast, your doctor may want a biopsy of the tissue to determine if it is cancerous or not.
A stereotactice breast biopsy allows surgeons or radiologists to use mammography or x-ray technology to guide them while they use a needle to biopsy a small area of the suspicious tissue. The biopsied tissue will then be sent to a laboratory for testing.
What should I know before my biopsy?
Prior to your exam:
- You may eat a normal diet.
- If you take aspirin, please discontinue using the aspirin one week prior to the procedure. If you take blood thinners 2 days prior to the procedure and for 2 days after the procedure.
- Regular medications should be taken as prescribed.
- A comfortable two-piece garment should be worn.
- Do not use talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your biopsy.
What will happen during my biopsy?
The procedure will last approximately 90 minutes.
During the exam:
- You will lie face down with your breast placed through an opening in the table top. Several x-rays will be taken.
- Following a local anesthesia, samples of breast tissue will be removed. Please inform the staff right away if you have any pain during your procedure.
- At least 6 samples will be sent to the lab for diagnosis.
What happens when my biopsy exam is complete?
- After your exam, a pressure bandage will be applied over thin strips of tape. You can remove the bandage after 24 hour. You may shower the next morning, but leave the tape strips on — they will fall off by themselves.
- You may take non-aspirin pain reliever like Tylenol to alleviate any discomfort, if needed.
- For relief of local discomfort you may place a plastic bag with some crushed ice on the biopsy site.
- If you have some bruising, it should disappear in 5 to 7 days.
- If you notice any excessive swelling, bruising, pain, drainage, redness, or heat, please notify your doctor.
At your follow-up visit, your doctor will review the biopsy results with you. Please contact your doctor if you have any questions before your next scheduled appointment.
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