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How long will I need to recover from an excisional biopsy of the breast?

How long will I need to recover from an excisional biopsy of the breast?

Less than 1 week.: Surgical removal of a breast lump is an out-patient procedure that can usually be done under twilight anesthesia. Most people don't require narcotic pain medication and can return to normal activities within one week. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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 do I need to recover from excisional biopsy of the breast?

Not much time: Depending on the size, in most cases you should be able to recover within 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. ...Read more

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Do I need to take time off work after a breast biopsy? I’m having an excisional biopsy as an outpatient. Should I ask for time off to recover?

Do I need to take time off work after a breast biopsy? I’m having an excisional biopsy as an outpatient. Should I ask for time off to recover?

Usually not needed: Usually, an outpatient breast biopsy is not painful. Typically Ibuprofen is enough for pain control. Returning to work the next day is not uncommon. ...Read more

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Will an excision biopsy leave my breast looking disfigured? Area is small and 1.5 mm from skin.

Will an excision biopsy leave my breast looking disfigured? Area is small and 1.5 mm from skin.

The real questions: Forgive my frankness. The only things on your mind right now should be, 'do I have cancer? If it is not diagnosed and it kills me, how will the people who love me be affected? ' you're an adult. I can't promise you that you won't notice where you've had the surgery. I doubt anyone else will be aware of anything. A man who'd care (and I've never met such a man) isn't worth keeping. Now be brave. ...Read more

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Do surgical margins matter for benign breast conditions (after excisional biopsy surgery)? Would re-excision be necessary if no malignancy is found?

Do surgical margins matter for benign breast conditions (after excisional biopsy surgery)? Would re-excision be necessary if no malignancy is found?

Possibly yes: Carcinoma insitu, is a pre cancerous lesion, it has the potential of becoming cancer and is treated aggressively. Getting a clear margin around it is a good idea and recommended as it is with malignant lesions. Carcinoma insitu is not benign but it has not grown into a full cancer. Just making sure this is not what you were referring to. ...Read more

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Doesn't fibrocystic breast come and go with period? Doing an excisional biopsy on lump I've had for 5 months. Dr says probably fibrocystic disease?

Doesn't fibrocystic breast come and go with period? Doing an excisional biopsy on lump I've had for 5 months. Dr says probably fibrocystic disease?

Needle biopsy: A breast biopsy is usually performed using a needle to take a sample of the mass to determine what it is (diagnosis). If the mass is small enough, it can be entirely removed using the core needle. If it is a larger mass, then a surgical removal is needed. In these cases, the core needle biopsy should still be performed first.
Surgery should not be the 1st option. ...Read more

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I had fluid drained from breast 6wks after excisional biopsy. Now, 2wks later, site is red, swollen & warm. Could my physical job cause complications?

I had fluid drained from breast 6wks after excisional biopsy. Now, 2wks later, site is red, swollen & warm. Could my physical job cause complications?

It depends: Your job may cause complications, depending on what your job is. However, your symptoms sound like cellulitis, which may require treatment, and you should see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Breast exam by dr- "mass" found- painful did an excisional biopsy, not seen on mammo, ultrasound, had to go deeper possible lipoma-in anyway cancer?

Breast exam by dr- "mass" found- painful did an excisional biopsy, not seen on mammo, ultrasound, had to go deeper possible lipoma-in anyway cancer?

Possibly: Sounds like you had a palpable breast mass that wasn't identified by either mammogram or ultrasound. You have had biopsy, which will provide a definitive answer to the question of "what is it? " mammogram and ultrasound are good, but not perfect, at identifying areas of concern. Having a biopsy, as you did, is the only way to know for sure what this area is/was. ...Read more

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Can a benign Nevus grow back if excisional biopsy did not 100% remove it although it was removed completely to the naked eye? How long would it take?

Can a benign Nevus grow back if excisional biopsy did not 100% remove it although it was removed completely to the naked eye? How long would it take?

Regrowth of nevus: An incompletely excise nevus can, and most likely it will grow back...The timing is very unpredictable. It may be months or even years.... ...Read more

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Excisional biopsy yesterday on armpit growth it was sent to pathology, when can tell if its malignant?

Excisional biopsy yesterday on armpit growth it was sent to pathology, when can tell if its malignant?

2 to 3 days: It usually takes 2 to 3 days for the biopsy to be examined. Sometimes, if it is borderline, it will be sent to a reference pathology lab, and could take a few extra days. Call you doctor if you haven't heard in3 days.
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Multiple swollen neck lymph nodes. Excisional biopsy came back normal. Called them reactive nodes. Why is this?

Multiple swollen neck lymph nodes. Excisional biopsy came back normal. Called them reactive nodes. Why is this?

Not known: The pathologist will call enlarged nodes for which a cause can not be ascertained, "reactive". The good news is that there is no cancer. You may need to watch and wait. Do see your doctor again if the nodes get larger or nodes in other areas of the body get larger. ...Read more

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Submandibular node 21mm x 7mm. Excisional biopsy shows follicular hyperplasia sinus histocyctosis. After a month another node 13mm x 6mm discovered.

Submandibular node 21mm x 7mm. Excisional biopsy shows follicular hyperplasia sinus histocyctosis. After a month another node 13mm x 6mm discovered.

Good for you: That first lymph node is totally benign. It was working for you and was yor friend. Talk about "sinus histiocytosis " suggesting cancer is misleading especially if there is no visible lesion. Why not leave the new one, which took the place of the other, alone. ...Read more

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Do I need to rest after having an excisional biopsy?

Do I need to rest after having an excisional biopsy?

Depends: What was excised? How much tissue was removed? Was it under local anesthesia or general? You only need to rest as much or as little as you are comfortable with. A small excisional biopsy of a skin lesion, under local anesthesia would not require any rest. ...Read more

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Need to pain relief after having an excisional biopsy?

Excisional biopsy: Any acute pain can easily be treated if its bad enough for you. It also depends where the biopsy was done. Your surgeon is usually responsible for the acute pain related to the biopsy. If that fails try your pcp or a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Would I get an excisional biopsy for my small fibroadenoma?

Would I get an excisional biopsy for my small fibroadenoma?

Usually unnecessary: Nonsurgical needle biopsy is the standard for diagnosing mammographic abnormalities. Once the benign diagnosis is established, it is usually unnecessary to surgically remove a benign fibroadenoma. However, if it is followed and growing, excision is often recommended to prevent further growth and exclude rare "locally aggressive" fibroadenoma-variants called phyllodes tumors. ...Read more

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What is lymph node excisional biopsy?

Sample lymph node: A surgeon cuts out the entire lymph node for pathological and sometimes microbiological examination. ...Read more

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Excisional breast biopsy - what can I expect?

Excisional breast biopsy - what can I expect?

Need to wait: It is not feasible to say what the result will be. Most breast lumps are not cancer, but you need to wait for the report from the pathologist to know for sure. ...Read more

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Would excisional biopsy of a lymph node spread cancer?

Would excisional biopsy of a lymph node spread cancer?

No.: An excisional biopsy of a lymph node should not result in spreading of the malignancy. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Excisional Biopsy (Definition)

An excisional biopsy is a biopsy where the lesion is also excised or removed. When people here the word biopsy, they usually think that just a small sampling of the lesion will be obtained. However, there are times when its more appropriate to remove the whole lesion and send it to pathology. This would ...Read more