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.

  • Definition


    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.

  • 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:

    • Lump
    • Tissue thickening
    • Nipple abnormality
    • Discharge from the nipple

    • Abnormal ultrasound or
      mammogram
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    The biopsy can identify the area as either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

  • Possible Complications


    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:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Bruising
    • Scarring
    • Tissue damage
    • Breast deformity
    • Numbness over the biopsy area


    Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Obesity
    • Smoking
    • Poor nutrition

    • Chronic illness, like
      diabetes
    • Bleeding disorder

    Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.