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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

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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?

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?

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?

Imaging or surgical: Breast biopsy can be image guided, either ultrasound , stereotactic (ie. Using x-ray guidance for example to biopsy calcifications) or MRI guided. The modality on which the abnormality is best seen is used for biopsy. Alternatively, a surgical biopsy can be performed. Image guided biopsies are preferred as they are non invasive and can be performed as an out patient procedure. ...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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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