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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long should i take off work after a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Not much: The standard of care is to get a needle biopsy which is performed in a office setting with local anesthesia. The advantages to this procedure are: small incision, mild post procedure pain and a diagnosis can be made and obtained within 24-72 hours. Most patients return to work in 24 hours with over the counter pain medicine. If you have strenous job with lifting, consult your doctor.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on technique: If your biopsy was a needle-type performed under local anesthesia in an office setting, you should be able to work the following day. If the biopsy was surgical performed under anesthesia, most people will require 2-3 days to return to work. Of course, the true "expert" here is the doctor who performed the biopsy--be sure and ask them this question. Good luck!
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 24 years experience
Call doctor: You should call the doctor or facility where the biopsy was performed. If you had a needle biopsy there is usually a limit to lifting anything for a few days. Most people return to work the following day.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long until you can go back to work after a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on technique: If your biopsy was a needle-type performed under local anesthesia in an office setting, you should be able to work the following day. If the biopsy was surgical performed under anesthesia, most people will require 2-3 days to return to work. Of course, the true "expert" here is the doctor who performed the biopsy--be sure and ask them this question. Good luck!
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get result from a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Variable: Usually pathologists will provide a report in a couple of days, or sooner, from the time of biopsy. In some cases requiring special tests, it may take up to 2-3 weeks.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover enough from a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Many centers are: Accelerating biopsy to 'read out' times. Many recognize the problem with "presenteeism" being at the desk or counter, but unable to focus while worryig about the "report". You need to ask "how long wil the report take" and then ask why does it take so long, and ask for the time off of the lag time from biopsy to path report. Some can do it in 24-48hrs. There is no recovery time.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get the results of a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 18 years experience
2-3 days: This varies depending on each institution, but normally biopsy results are returned within 2-3 days of the procedure.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long do breast biopsy results take?

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Dr. Eric Brown
General Surgery 33 years experience
3-4 days: Biopsy results (unless a second opinion is needed) should be available within 3 days.
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