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Surgical Breast Biopsy

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Surgical Breast Biopsy in C-scheme, Jaipur

A biopsy is typically a small piece of tissue that's removed and checked during a lab test. A breast biopsy is a procedure to assess suspicious tissue in your breast to determine whether or not it's breast cancer. There are numerous forms of breast biopsy procedures.

What are the different breast biopsy procedures?

  1. An incisional biopsy effectively gets rid of only a part of the unusual cells.
  2. Whereas, an excisional biopsy gets rid of the whole tumour or the unusual cells in the area. Sometimes, even normal tissue is taken for several purposes.

Why is a surgical breast biopsy done?

You may be advised a breast biopsy by the specialists in Apollo Spectra, Jaipur when:

  • You or your doctor feel that there’s a lump of tissue accumulating in your breast and it could be a breast cancer
  • You find a suspicious warning in your mammogram pointing towards a cancer
  • You find something unusual in an ultrasound scan 
  • Your doctor is skeptical after seeing your breast MRI 
  • You see unusual changes in your nipples

What is the procedure of a surgical breast biopsy?

Before starting with the procedure you’re given a local anaesthesia with IV sedation. This way you’re totally conscious but your breast is numbed. Then the doctor at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur will make a cut in your breast skin, usually about 6mm deep into your breast. Then he/she places the needle inside and scrapes out some tissue. Then the area is stitched back together. Doctor might apply pressure to stop bleeding and then do the dressing. After the sample is collected they are sent to a lab for analysis. Sometimes, you might be given general anaesthesia to put you in deep sleep while performing the surgery. You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals for the detailed procedure. Call 1860-500-2244 to book an appointment.


How to be ready for the breast biopsy procedure?

The doctor will explain the detailed procedure in advance to you. But there are certain things your doctor will ask about before proceeding to the surgery-

  • Before the procedure, you will have to fill certain consent forms. You are advised to read everything carefully.
  • Most of the time, the procedure is simple and you’re given local anaesthesia along with IV sedation. But sometimes you may be given general anaesthesia and are advised to fast for a few hours before the surgery.
  • You’ll be asked to not use any cosmetic products such as lotion, cream, powder, or perfume on your body on the day of the procedure.
  • Your doctor will ask you about your health, in case you’re allergic to any medicine or are expecting a baby.
  • You will be asked about your daily medicines if any. It may also include vitamins or calcium supplements.
  • You will be asked about your pre-existing conditions if any like a bleeding disorder. Or if you take any blood thinners. The doctor may advise you to stop the medicines a day before the surgery.

What can you expect after the breast biopsy?

Typically after a surgical breast biopsy, you'll have stitches on your breast area that needs to be cared for. Your doctor will advise you on medications if needed to relieve any pain. You may be allowed to go home on the same day and can resume your daily life in 1-2 days. Your doctor will also advise you on how to take care of the stitches.

What are the risks of a breast biopsy?

Like any surgery, breast biopsy surgery may also lead to certain risks, such as:

  • A swollen breast with bruising
  • Bleeding at the biopsy site along with infection
  • Changed appearance of the breast
  • A need for another surgical procedure

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Jaipur

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Why is a Breast biopsy procedure conducted?

It is conducted to determine the presence of any cancerous cells in your breast tissue.

How long does this procedure take?

It is usually done in about half an hour. But the preparation time may take longer.

How long does it take to recover from the pain due to a breast biopsy?

You can recover from the pain in about 4-5 hours. You can resume your normal work from the next day.

Does a breast biopsy identify cancer?

Yes, a biopsy procedure is done when there’s a suspicion of a cancerous cell in your breast.

Is a surgical breast biopsy painful?

Mostly not. You’re given a local or general anaesthesia during the procedure. You might feel pain after the procedure that lasts no longer than a day.


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