Breast Surgical Biopsy
Breast surgical biopsy is when the doctor makes a cut in the breast to remove all or part of a mass. The mass is examined in a lab.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
- 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 lasts 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
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
is when the doctor makes a cut in the breast to remove all or part of a mass. The mass is examined in a lab.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Breast surgical biopsy is done to examine a suspicious area in the breast. It may be done if any of the following are found:
- Tissue thickening
- Nipple abnormality
- Discharge from the nipple
Abnormal ultrasound or
The biopsy can identify the area as either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a breast surgical biopsy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Tissue damage
- Breast deformity
- Numbness over the biopsy area
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Poor nutrition
Chronic illness, like
- Bleeding disorder
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.