If an unusual lump is found during a routine breast examination, or a suspicious abnormality was detected on a mammogram or MRI, your doctor will refer you to a Glendora or Victorville General Surgeon for a breast biopsy. A biopsy is required to determine if the lump or abnormality is benign, non-cancerous, or malignant, cancerous.
A biopsy is the only way that a surgeon can collect samples to be analyzed for cancerous cells. There are several minimally invasive options that a surgeon can use for a biopsy. Your surgeon will discuss the various methods with you and recommend the best option for your individual situation.
Breast biopsies are outpatient procedures performed in the surgeon’s office, a clinic, or a hospital. Biopsies usually take 15 minutes to one hour. The incision site will be numbed before a biopsy. While not all biopsies require full sedation, you …show more content…
Pressure is placed on the incision to stop any bleeding. A bandage is put over the incision site.
Core Needle Biopsy: A slightly larger needle is applied than is used for the fine needle aspiration biopsy so that tissue pieces can also be withdrawn for a diagnosis. Pressure is then placed on the incision to stop any bleeding. A bandage is used to cover the incision site.
Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy: A small hollow probe is inserted through a small incision. Breast tissue is vacuumed into the probe and sent to the laboratory for a diagnosis. Pressure is placed on the incision site to stop any bleeding. No stitches are needed and the area is covered with a bandage.
Open Biopsy: A small cut is made in the breast for this surgical procedure. An entire lump or abnormality is removed for a laboratory diagnosis, the incision is closed with stitches, and the site is covered with a