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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Breast Biopsy

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Diagnosed w/ minor gynecomastia its painful. Cant afford cosmetic surgery can I legally ask my surgeon to call the procedure a bilateral breast biopsy?

Diagnosed w/ minor gynecomastia its painful. Cant afford cosmetic surgery can I legally ask my surgeon to call the procedure a bilateral breast biopsy?

Gynecomastia: Idiopathic gynecomastia does not have an underlying medical cause and will not harm your health. Therefore, medical insurance companies consider it a cosmetic condition and will not pay for treatment. Performing a medically necessary procedure such as a biopsy to treat a cosmetic condition would constitute insurance fraud. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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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Can a breast biopsy hurt?

Can a breast biopsy hurt?

Patients: have varying sensitivity to needle biopsy. Local anesthesia can be used liberally, and some patients barely feel anything. Others feel mild discomfort, and a few very sensitive patients may feel more pain. ...Read more

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What happens during a breast biopsy?

What happens during a breast biopsy?

Sample removed: Three ways of doing a breast biopsy: direct, ultrasound, or stereotactic guidance. With all of these, the area of the skin is anesthetized, and then a needle is inserted into the lump/mass, the mechanism fired, and tissue is removed. It is usually 1 to 2 cm in length and 0.1 cm in width. The pathologist will interpret and give a result. Limited risk, limited complications. A straightforward test. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have a breast biopsy?

Not painful: There are 2 types of breast biopies. One is minimally invasive where the area of interest is sampled by taking a few pieces of it and the other is surgical where the entire area of interest is removed.

The minimally invasive techniques are not painful. You are awake and local anesthesia is used. You can even drive yourself to and from the biopsy. ...Read more

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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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Couldanyone tell me more about a breast biopsy?

Couldanyone tell me more about a breast biopsy?

Less is Best: A biopsy is performed for definitive diagnosis of a breast abnormality found on exam, mammogram, and/or ultrasound. This can almost-always be performed as a needle biopsy under local anesthesia at a doctor's office or breast center. A surgical biopsy involves removing the abnormality under anesthesia in an or setting. Since most biopsies are benign, the less invasive approach is usually best. ...Read more

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What can I expect from getting a breast biopsy?

What can I expect from getting a breast biopsy?

At an office: A core needle biopsy performed by ultrasound or mammogram(stereotactic). It is performed by a surgeon or radiologist using local anesthesia in an office setting. After numbing the skin & tissues, a small cut in made in the skin & a needle is inserted to take samples of tissue. Tape is used to close the skin. It should not be too painful, if so, let them know so they can give more anestetic. ...Read more

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What are some inherent risks of a breast biopsy?

Infection/bleeding: Although infection and bleeding are the most common risks of a core needle biopsy or fine needle aspiration, larger breast biopsies can be associated with seroma formation (large pockets of fluid that do not resolve). Other risks are less common. ...Read more

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Why does my husband not come to my breast biopsy?

He loves you: It's a mistake to try to second-guess another's thoughts, even the person you love the most. You are committed to one another, and you'll do well always to assume the best. He knows how private and personal this is for you. He is worried about being an embarrassment. He was concerned about losing control because of his own anxiety. But he isn't indifferent. I'm glad you have each other. ...Read more

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What is the most likely result of my breast biopsy?

What is the most likely result of my breast biopsy?

But...: It is 100% certain that you are doing the right thing in having the biopsy, and it is very probable that having found the mass when you did gives you much better odds than if you had delayed. Keep this thought, and the things you want to do with the rest of your life, at the forefront as you face this challenge. ...Read more

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Nervous about my breast biopsy help what should I do?

Tell Dr.: Let the physician know about your concerns. Education about the process can often allay fears. To diminish anxiety- breath in deeply through nostrils, hold air in lungs for a five count and then slowly exhale through an open mouth. ...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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What is the definition or description of: breast biopsy?

Tissue samples: 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 biopsy may be needed. ...Read more

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Where willa woman most often have a breast biopsy taken?

Where willa woman most often have a breast biopsy taken?

Breast imaging ctr: The vast majority of our breast biopsies are performed at our breast imaging center by a radiologist specially trained in breast imaging and evaluation. Depending on the results, the patient is then scheduled to see a variety of other practitioners including breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and genetic counselors. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What would be the least painful way to do a breast biopsy?

Needle biopsies: are performed under local anesthesia. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, 40% of women reported no pain, and 49% reported mild pain. ...Read more

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What are the different possible results of a breast biopsy?

What are the different possible results of a breast biopsy?

Benign atypia cance: Results of breast biopsy can be benign breast disease like fibrocystic changes for which no further treatment is required. Cancer for which lumpectomy or mastectomy is performed depending on factors specific to each patient. When atypia is present, the surgeon typically excises the lesions to see if there is any additional undetected foci of invasive cancer. ...Read more

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

Usually two days: A surgical biopsy resutls are usually available in two days. It takes longer in difficult cases that my require additional stains or consultation. If there is a malignant tumor the pathologist usually calls the doctor sending the tissue. ...Read more

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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 does it take to recover enough from a breast biopsy?

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. ...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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Can anyone tell me more about a breast biopsy? What can I expect?

More than one kind o: There are more than one kind of biopsies that can be done on a lump in the breast. One is called a fine needle aspiration(fna)biopsy, which causes only minimal pain. Another is called a core biopsy which is done with a special biopsy instrument and does cause some dicomfort. But most biopsies are not too painful unless they do it with a knife, which is rarely done. ...Read more

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What is the least painful way to do a breast biopsy on a big woman?

Ultrasound: For most patients an ultrasound guided co biopsy in the office under local is the least uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Finished a breast biopsy, waiting on test results, going bonkers. Help?

Try to relax: There are few medical procedures that are so fraught with anxiety as breast biopsies. Typically we get results of breast core biopsies to our clinical colleagues within 1 to 2 days. Occasional cases take longer and you should not assume there is a bad result if it takes a longer period of time. Sometimes extra studies are needed or a specific case is particularly difficult (benign or malignant. ...Read more

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I am going for a breast biopsy this week and i'm scared. What will i go through?

A minor procedure: I am hoping that this is planned as a needle biopsy. Usually they will give you local anesthesia. The anesthetic causes some burning, but it works very quickly to numb the area. If imaging is used, usually ultrasound and sometimes stereotactic guidance (that uses x-ray) will be used to guide the biopsy needle to the area of concern. Depending on the lesion, its location and your breast condition the procedure may take several minutes to an hour or so. Average of about 1/2 hour.
It is done at the office, a clinic, outpatient department, a breast center or a radiology department. They will give you the post biopsy instructions. You should expect the result within a few days. ...Read more

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I am having a breast biopsy on tomorrow. What should I expect? I am scared. Would I be in pain after?

Relax if possible: Most patients are scared or worried about procedures and I don' t blame them. It's scary having a procedure and having to wait for the results. Take a deep breath, you should do fine. You should expect some soreness at the biopsy site but it should be easily controlled with pain meds and ice compresses. Your physician will give you discharge instructions to make you comfortable. Good luck . ...Read more

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I had USguided breast biopsy 5 days back.yet to get the results.but the breast near by the biopsy site has become like flat,very hard.is it normal?

I had USguided breast biopsy 5 days back.yet to get the results.but the breast near by the biopsy site has become like flat,very hard.is it normal?

S/p breast biopsy: 29 year old lady status post breast biopsy post operative day #5 now palpating some flatness and hardness at her wound site. Inflammation crawling in to heal your wound is normal, but watch for signs of infection such as warmth, swelling, increased pain, increased or expanding redness, or drainage from the wound. Is the wound intact? High quality image worth 1000 words. Communicate with surgeonplz ...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

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Reliability of breast biopsy result?

Highly reliable: This is the most accurate test that is diagnostic for breast cancer. Mammograms, ultrasounds, and mris of the breast may be highly suggestive of a malignancy, but they are not diagnostic. ...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