Breast Needle Biopsy Care
Breast Needle Biopsy Details
Alternate Names for Breast Needle Biopsy:
Aspiration, breast needle
Biopdy, large core needle
Biopsy, breast needle
Breast needle aspiration
Large core needle biopsy
Your doctor may do the following:
- Physical exam, especially a breast exam
- Blood tests
- Mammogram and/or breast ultrasound
Leading up to the biopsy:
Talk to your doctor about your current medicines. Certain medicines may need to be stopped before the procedure, such as:
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs for up to one week before surgery
- Blood-thinning drugs, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight if you are having general anesthesia.
- Shower the morning of the biopsy. You may be asked to use a special antibacterial soap.
This depends on the type of biopsy that you are having, for example:
- Local anesthesia-Only the area that is being operated on is numbed.
- General anesthesia -Blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the biopsy; given through an IV (needle in your vein) in your hand or arm.
There are different breast needle biopsy techniques that your doctor can use to remove the tissue sample:Needle Aspiration
The skin over the area will be cleaned. The doctor may inject a local anesthetic. Next, the biopsy needle will be inserted into the breast tissue. Fluid and/or tissue will be removed. The needle may be removed and re-inserted several times. This will be done to get samples from different locations. After this is done, the doctor will apply pressure to the area and cover the spot with a bandage.
You will be given sedation. You will also be given either general or local anesthesia. The doctor will have you lie on your stomach on a special table. The table will have an opening for your breast. X-ray images will be taken from different angles to locate the mass.
If you will have a
If you are having a
1-3 hoursWill It Hurt?
There will be slight pain in your breast after the biopsy. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicine.Post-procedure Care At Home
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- Take pain medicine as directed by your doctor.
- To relieve discomfort, apply a warm compress or a heating pad to the area.
- Wear a supportive bra.
- Ask your doctor when you should change the bandages.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
It will take about 2-5 days to receive your test results.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.