What is a Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy is a procedure that is conducted to collect and examine a small tissue sample from the breast. This is done under local anesthesia, and the breast tissue is removed using a fine needle or a core needle. The sample is then sent to the laboratory for further examination, where it is determined whether the sample is benign or malignant (cancerous).
Why would someone need to have a Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy may be recommended for individuals who have developed a breast lump or other suspicious breast changes such as skin thickening, redness, or nipple discharge. A breast biopsy is usually conducted when the initial test results are inconclusive, and more tests are required to make an accurate diagnosis. A breast biopsy can help in identifying the nature of the lump, whether it is cancerous or benign, and to create the best possible treatment plan.
What conditions can a Breast Biopsy have?
Breast biopsy can be conducted to investigate various breast conditions, such as:
Breast lumps or masses
Suspicious breast changes
Abnormalities detected during a mammogram or ultrasound
Nipple discharge or inverted nipples
Requirements & Evaluation: Breast Biopsy?
Before undergoing breast biopsy, you will have a consultation with our experienced medical team. During this consultation, the doctor will review your medical history, any previous breast imaging, and discuss your concerns regarding the biopsy procedure. Our medical team will perform a physical examination to evaluate the lump or breast change that has been detected through breast imaging and determine whether a biopsy is necessary. They will explain the biopsy procedure, including the potential risks and benefits, and answer any questions you may have.
Different Types of Breast Biopsy
There are several types of breast biopsy, depending on the location and suspected nature of the breast abnormality. The most common types of breast biopsy are:
Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB): This biopsy uses a thin needle to remove a small sample of cells from the breast lump for examination under a microscope.
Core needle biopsy: This biopsy uses a larger needle to remove a small tissue section for examination under a microscope.
Stereotactic biopsy: This biopsy is conducted when the breast abnormality is detected by a mammogram, and the area cannot be felt by the healthcare provider.
Ultrasound-guided biopsy: This biopsy uses an ultrasound to guide the needle to the abnormal tissue in the breast.
Our medical team will determine the most appropriate type of biopsy based on your individual case and provide personalized guidance on the procedure.
Breast biopsy is conducted under local anesthesia and usually takes less than an hour to complete. Our medical team performs the biopsy using the chosen method, and a small tissue sample is removed from the abnormal area in the breast. The sample is then sent to the laboratory for examination. After the biopsy, the incision site is dressed, and our medical team will provide detailed aftercare instructions.
Before the Procedure
Before the biopsy procedure, you will have a consultation with our medical team. You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including any necessary dietary restrictions and how to manage any medications you are taking. You will also receive instructions on how to prepare for your postoperative recovery to ensure you recover smoothly.
After the Procedure
After your breast biopsy procedure, our medical team will monitor your condition to ensure your recovery is progressing well. Our medical team will provide detailed aftercare instructions, including guidelines for rest, wound care, and medication use. If any complications or concerns arise, our medical team is available to address them promptly.
What kind of follow-up care will I have during recovery?
After the biopsy procedure, our medical team will conduct a follow-up appointment, usually a week or two after the procedure. During this visit, the biopsy results will be discussed, and further recommendations will be provided based on the outcomes.
Risk & Benefits
Breast biopsy is a generally safe procedure. However, like any medical procedure, it carries certain risks. During your consultation, our medical team will discuss the potential risks and benefits of the biopsy and provide personalized guidance on your situation.
The benefits of breast biopsy include:
Accurate diagnosis of the breast condition
Distinguishing whether the lump is cancerous or non-cancerous
Development of treatment plan
What are the possible risks or complications of Breast Biopsy?
Breast biopsy is typically a low-risk procedure. However, complications are possible, including:
Most individuals are able to resume normal activities after a day or two of rest following a breast biopsy. The incision site may feel tender for a few days, and it is recommended to avoid any strenuous activity or exercise. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by our medical team.