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What's recovery like after a breast biopsy?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
Depends on type : Most biopsies today should be needle biopsies (i.e. Core biopsies) which can generally be done in the office under local anesthetic usually with image (ultrasound or stereotactic) guidance. Most patients do fine with over the counter medications with little or no restrictions (if it hurts, don't do it) and can resume usual activities right away. A snug supportive bra provides additional comfort.
Dr. Deepa Masrani
Radiology 32 years experience
Mostly unremarkable: Patients should limit physical exertion with the arm on the side of biopsy for at least 48 hours, to avoid bleeding into the biopsy site after which normal activities can be resumed. A little pain and pressure may persist for 5-7 days. No major complications should occur.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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