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Surgical Breast Biopsy in MRC Nagar, Chennai

A surgical breast biopsy is a surgical procedure in which your doctor removes a sample (small portion) of your breast tissue for further testing in a laboratory.

If you are looking for a healthcare facility that provides surgical breast biopsy in MRC Nagar, Chennai, search with breast biopsy near me to find the best options.

What is a surgical breast biopsy?

A surgical breast biopsy is one of the best ways to identify whether the unusual lump on your breast is cancerous or not. Not all lumps are necessarily cancerous. Sometimes, various health conditions can cause unwanted growth in your breast. A surgical biopsy makes the underlying condition clear.

During a surgical breast biopsy, your doctor removes the entire lump or a part of it for further examination for cancer cells. There are two types of needle biopsies - CNB (Core Needle Biopsy) or FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration) biopsy. If these fail to provide clarity, your doctor may suggest a surgical or open biopsy.

Who qualifies for a surgical breast biopsy?

You qualify for a surgical breast biopsy if the following conditions are met:

  • If other medical examinations indicate breast cancer, your doctor is likely to prescribe a breast biopsy.
  • In general, your doctor is likely to perform a Core Needle Biopsy or Fine Needle Aspiration biopsy. However, in some cases, needle biopsies might not provide clear pictures. Therefore, a surgical or open biopsy is the answer.

Why is a surgical breast biopsy conducted?

Your doctor is likely to suggest a breast biopsy if:

  • Your mammogram (X-ray of your breast) shows any unusual growth in your breast.
  • You feel any thickening or lump formation in your breast.
  • Your doctor suspects that you may have breast cancer.
  • Your ultrasonography or MRI scan shows any unusual finding.
  • You experience changes in your nipple, such as scaling, crusting, bloody discharge, dimpling, darkening of the skin, etc.

A surgical breast biopsy helps your doctor determine the underlying cause behind the problems and rule out possibilities. If your doctor recommends surgical breast biopsy in MRC Nagar, Chennai, search with breast biopsy near me to find the best healthcare facilities.

What are the different types of surgical breast biopsy?

The two types of surgical biopsies are:

  • Incisional biopsy: In this process, your doctor removes only a portion of the suspicious area.
  • Excisional biopsy: During this process, your doctor removes all of the lumps.

What are the benefits of a surgical breast biopsy?

Although biopsies that do not require surgeries are less discomforting, do not damage the skin or leave an internal scar, these sometimes provide inconclusive results. However, surgical biopsies, most of the time, provide reliable and conclusive results. It ensures proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

What are the risks of a surgical breast biopsy?

The potential risks associated with a surgical breast biopsy include the following:

  • Swelling of the affected breast
  • Bruising of the breast
  • Bleeding at the site of surgery
  • Infection at the site of surgery
  • Changes in the appearance of the breast (it depends on the amount of tissue removal)
  • Need for another surgery or further treatment (it depends on the results of your biopsy)

Make sure that you get in touch with your doctor if:

  • You have a fever.
  • The site of the surgery has become warm or red.
  • There is drainage from the location of the surgery.

These signs and symptoms indicate an infection and require immediate medical attention.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, MRC Nagar, Chennai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

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What type of anesthesia is used for a breast biopsy - local or general?

For both nonsurgical and surgical biopsies, your doctor is likely to administer local anesthesia. However, for surgical procedures, some women may need general anesthesia.

Is there something I should not do after undergoing a surgical breast biopsy?

Yes, follow some restrictions for at least for 3 days after the procedure. It includes the following:

  • Do not lift anything heavy (more than 2kgs).
  • Do not opt for any vigorous workouts, like jogging or running.
  • Avoid swimming or being underwater to keep the site of the biopsy dry.

After how long can I get back to work following a breast biopsy?

After a surgical biopsy, you will have stitches on the biopsy site. You are more likely to go home the same day and resume work the next day. Your doctor is the right person to understand how you are doing and how soon you can resume work.


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