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2873 Having a Breast Biopsy

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If you had an abnormal mammogram, or have found a lump in your breast, the doctors may want to get a sample of the tissue to help make a diagnosis. They may do this using a procedure called a Breast Biopsy, sometimes also called a Core Biopsy. This video tells you about the different ways that this can be done, and what you should expect both during and after the procedure. In a biopsy we will take a tiny sample of tissue so that it can be examined by a pathologist who will then be able to identify if there are any issues that need to be addressed. You will receive a letter inviting you to come for your biopsy and we recommend that you wear trousers or a skirt, rather than a dress, as you will have to undress to your waist. If possible, try to have someone to accompany as you may feel sore after the procedure, and may not feel like driving, although it is safe to do so. Please be aware that they will not be allowed inside the examination room, but can also be there to keep you company. The doctor from our breast care team will talk to you about the risks and benefits of the procedure and you should feel free to ask any questions. You may either have an ultrasound guided biopsy, or a stereotactic biopsy. With an ultrasound guided biopsy, you will lie on the couch in the radiology room. A small amount of gel will be put on your breast, and the doctor will use an ultrasound probe to locate the area in question. A stereotactic biopsy uses a computer attached to the mammography machine to pinpoint the tiny abnormality in your breast. You will have to lie or sit down, and position your breast in the machine. A plastic plate is used to flatten your breast as this helps to keep your breast still. This can be uncomfortable or painful, but the discomfort doesn't last for long. Your breast will be numbed with a small amount of local anaesthetic. There is a sharp, stinging sensation when this is injected, but this passes very quickly. Once the anaesthetic has worked, the radiologist will make a tiny incision in the skin and samples can be taken. You should not experience any pain, although you may feel some pushing. After any bleeding has been stopped using firm pressure to the breast, Steri-strips and a small dressing will be applied over the biopsy site. Please let us know if you are allergic to any dressings. The ultrasound procedure usually takes 15 to 20 minutes, but please allow an hour for a stereotactic biopsy. After either of the procedures, some bruising may occur, and can take a few weeks to subside. This can be painful after 2-3 hours when the local anaesthetic wears off, so do make sure that you have painkillers available. We recommend that you don’t do any heavy lifting for 24 hours after the procedure The results from these investigations are usually available within a week, and a follow-up appointment will be arranged for you. It is important that you ask us about anything you need to know or about any worries you have. Our contact details are provided at the end of this video and our Breast care nurses are available to answer any questions you may have.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 18, 2015

2873 Having a Breast Biopsy

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