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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. Marvin Ott
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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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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?

Yes for some: Dcis needs to be completely removed and the wider the margin the better up to 1 cm. Positive margins should b reexcised. Certain other benign breast lesions likely don't need complete removal always. Negative margin for dcis means 2mm or more. ...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?

See your surgeon.: Swelling redness and heat may be signs of infection or bleeding into cavity. It would be a good idea to follow up with you surgeon. It is possible that physical trauma can lead to bleeding into the cavity ( or less likely infection) . You surgeon can give guidelines as to level of activities. ...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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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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