IN OFFICE BIOPSIES
Needle Core Breast Biopsy
This type of biopsy can be done in the office if the surgeon can feel the breast lump with his hands during an exam. During this procedure, the surgeon numbs the breast tissue near the lump and then inserts a special needle into the breast. With the use of this needle, the surgeon can retrieve several samples of tissue from the lump that can be sent to pathology for a diagnosis. You will leave the office with only a Band-Aid. The results of this biopsy are usually complete within two to three business days. The surgeon will then call you or schedule an office appointment to discuss results.
Ultrasound Guided Mammotome Breast Biopsy
We are now able to offer ultrasound guided breast biopsy in the office in cases where the breast abnormality can be seen by ultrasound imaging. During this procedure, the surgeon numbs the breast tissue near the lump and then uses ultrasound (sound waves) images to guide the Mammotome probe into the abnormal area and removes multiple tissue samples. You leave the office with only a Band-Aid. The results of this biopsy are usually complete within two to three business days and are discussed with you at a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. For more information on Mammotome Breast Biopsy, please see our patient education section.
Steriotactic Mammotome Breast Biopsy
You will feel at ease during the procedure because a Mammotome biopsy causes little pain, requires no sutures, and can be performed quickly. Steriotactic (X-rays from two angles) images guide the Mammotome probe into the abnormal area and allows the surgeon to remove multiple tissue samples. For more information on Mammotome Breast Biopsy, please see our patient education section.
Open Surgical Breast Biopsy
An open surgical breast biopsy may be recommended for patients who have an abnormality of the breast tissue identified either by mammogram or physician exam. Most lumps and abnormalities are not cancerous. However, if there is sufficient concern, the surgeon will recommend removing the lump completely. If the lump is too small to feel, the surgeon may have to numb the breast tissue and insert a small wire to mark the abnormality. You will then go to the operating room for a general anesthetic and removal of the lump. Most patients are able to leave the hospital within a few hours of the procedure. Results of your biopsy will be given to you in the office within one week after surgery.