Breast biopsies are done to rule out malignancy in breast growths. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure.
- You may be given medication to relax you.
- A local anaesthesia and/or intravenous may be needed in the operating room.
- The physician will make a small incision over the area of the lump. The incision will be made around the nipple line to conceal the scar when possible. Part or all of the lump will be removed to be analyzed and the incision will be closed.
- After the procedure, you will be taken to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit where you will be observed until your vital signs are stable.
- Then you will be transferred to the Adult Day Surgery Department where your vital signs and dressing will be checked and your belongings returned to you.
After the procedure:
- You should wear a bra to bed as discomfort may worsen the night of surgery.
- You may apply ice packs to reduce swelling and pain.
- You may take the medication prescribed for pain by your physician.
- You should keep the dressing on unless instructed otherwise.
- Sometimes a transparent dressing is applied and showers may be taken. Otherwise sponge baths may be necessary.
- There may or may not be some bleeding on your dressing, this is not unusual.
- You can usually resume normal activity but it is recommended that you take necessary breaks.
Call your doctor if you:
- Have an excessive amount of fresh bleeding on the dressing.
- Experience severe pain or swelling at incision.
- Develop a fever of 101F or 38.3C or more.
Call your doctor for follow up appointment where results will be discussed.