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What's recovery like after a breast biopsy?

What's recovery like after a breast biopsy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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

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. ...Read more

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How long do you have to take off work after a breast biopsy?

How long do you have to take off work after a breast biopsy?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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Is it okay to have a lot of pain after a breast biopsy?

Breast biopsy: The site should not be very painful. Call your doctor to be seen. ...Read more

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If I am sent to surgion after a breast biopsy is because it is serious?

If I am sent to surgion after a breast biopsy is because it is serious?

Not necessarily: Some clinics routinely refer patients to see breast surgery after any breast biopsy so that they can discuss the results of the biopsy and any clinical concerns. I'm sorry this question was not answered better for you at the time of your biopsy or when the referral was made. As physicians we sometimes don't convey important information like this as well as we should. ...Read more

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How long should it take after a breast biopsy to get the results called to you?

How long should it take after a breast biopsy to get the results called to you?

Depends: This depends on who performs the biopsy: radiologist or surgeon. I take a more hands on approach and deliver results in my office, in person in 2-3 days after the biopsy. If you have not received notification in 3 days, I recommend calling the physician who performed the procedure. 8 out of 10 biopsies performed will have non-cancerous results. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do you do for a hematoma after a breast biopsy?

Usually nothing: A hematoma is a collection of blood that collects in a space where a procedure was performed. It is common for a hematoma to form. If there is alot of bleeding, you may have a larger hematoma. In most cases, they can be monitored and will resolve on their own after 2-3 months. If is causes discomfort, then you may need evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should it take after a breast biopsy for my mom to get the results?

~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read more

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Why do I have to wait 6 months for a follow-up ultrasound after a breast biopsy?

Ask your doctor.: If the biopsy was benign, your doctor may want to check to make sure that there aren't any new problems and that things are stable. The best thing is to ask your physician. They know your medical history and have been following this issue. ...Read more

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How long should you take off work after a breast biopsy? Or is it better to be busy and take your mind off it?

Personal choice: Going back to work will generally not cause any problems or damage after a (core) breast biopsy. The patient will feel sore, bruised after the local wears off - more so depending on the level of physical activity involved in the job. The psychological part including dealing with possible pain depends largely on the paient. Most take the rest of the day off. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel a tiny lump after a breast biopsy where they put the metal clip in? Biopsy came back benign.

Is it normal to feel a tiny lump after a breast biopsy where they put the metal clip in? Biopsy came back benign.

Clip: Biopsy clips, when close to the surface, can frequently be felt. Scar tissue can develop as well, which can be detected as a small lump. ...Read more

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Radiologist wants to do a follow-up u/s after a breast biopsy that came back benign. If it was benign, what's the point in doing another u/s?

Radiologist wants to do a follow-up u/s after a breast biopsy that came back benign. If it was benign, what's the point in doing another u/s?

F/U Imaging : The radiologist most likely wants to make sure that the area that was sampled in the biopsy was the same one that brought you in to see your doctor in the first place. This is always a good thing to do, although the likelihood of missing the original lesion with proper wire guidance under ultrasound and multiple needle or core biopsies, is very small. ...Read more

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1 year after benign breast biopsy, still have anxiety over it so dr is suggesting excision. Why not just rebiopsy it?

1 year after benign breast biopsy, still have anxiety over it so dr is suggesting excision. Why not just rebiopsy it?

I would ask the: Physician that directly. Perhaps he is responding to the anxiety that you are expressing and trying to alleviate it through this surgical measure. Take care. ...Read more

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After a breast biopsy the results were a few lymphocytes and fat cells. What does it mean when they find lymphocytes. Is this a bad thing?

Not worried: No. There are lymphocytes everyplace. To this day, nobody knows why a few get together, seemingly forming an outpost in otherwise-normal tissue. ...Read more

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Is it common to have bloody discharge from your nipple after a breast biopsy?

Is it common to have bloody discharge from your nipple after a breast biopsy?

It is: possible(but not common), particularly if the lesion being biopsied is intraductal and near the nipple. ...Read more

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After a breast biopsy & diagnosis of fibroadenoma in oct 2012, another lump formed - md said it was a hematoma. Still has not gone away. What do I do?

After a breast biopsy & diagnosis of fibroadenoma in oct 2012, another lump formed - md said it was a hematoma. Still has not gone away. What do I do?

Nothing: Not too uncommon after a biopsy of a breast lesion or surgery to remove a lump, a hematoma might form which is basically an area of bleeding inside the biopsy or lumpectomy site which has congealed and clotted. It could take months for this to resolve and scarring may take over the area and a "lump" could persist for years. This generally is just left alone unless infection (an abscess) occurs. ...Read more

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Do i need rest after breast biopsy?

For a short time: A support/sports bra is helpful. I would not recommend rigorous activity for at least a week. Light activity can begin in 1-2 days. This would apply to a core needle or open excision all biopsy. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Breast Biopsy (Definition)

Breast biopsy means obtaining tissue samples from an area of concern in the breast to be sent to the lab to make a diagnosis. This could be from a suspicious lump or a suspicious finding on you mammogram or ultrasound (or mri). The biopsy is obtained using a biopsy needle under imaging guidance. Occasionally an open surgical ...Read more