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Fine needle aspiration biopsy. Do I need to repot as an operation or surgery?
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6 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
This type of biopsy, using a small needle, is usually done as a minor office procedure, possibly with ultrasound guidance.
You likely can eat before the procedure, but should probably have someone available to bring you home after the biopsy. But check first with your medical provider.

In brief: Not likely
This type of biopsy, using a small needle, is usually done as a minor office procedure, possibly with ultrasound guidance.
You likely can eat before the procedure, but should probably have someone available to bring you home after the biopsy. But check first with your medical provider.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Nagesh Ragavendra
FNA is considered to be an out-patient, minor procedure, (not an operation or surgery) and when performed by an experienced physician, it is associated with virtually no after effects, except for minor discomfort at the site. You can drive yourself home/office after the procedure most of the time, except when you have taken anti-anxiety meds.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not surgery
The line btw surgeries/operations and tests/procedures is blurry, but in general, i advise patients to report procedures that result in a permanent change on their surgical history, and conditions requiring a biopsy or other test under medical history.
So fnab (benign) might be a comment under thyroid nodule or breast mass in a medical history, but thyroidectomy would go under surgical history.

In brief: Not surgery
The line btw surgeries/operations and tests/procedures is blurry, but in general, i advise patients to report procedures that result in a permanent change on their surgical history, and conditions requiring a biopsy or other test under medical history.
So fnab (benign) might be a comment under thyroid nodule or breast mass in a medical history, but thyroidectomy would go under surgical history.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Marina Landa
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Surgical procedure
Fna- invasive procedure.

In brief: Surgical procedure
Fna- invasive procedure.
Dr. Marina Landa
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
A fine needle aspiration(fna) refers to a skinny needle (18g or less) to remove cellular material for cytology evaluation.
This is generally done in the office and should take 5min or less. No prep is necessary and no restrictions after. A core bx is also an office procedure using a 14g or larger needle to remove tissue samples for histology. Core bx but not fna is usually counted in risk calc.

In brief: No
A fine needle aspiration(fna) refers to a skinny needle (18g or less) to remove cellular material for cytology evaluation.
This is generally done in the office and should take 5min or less. No prep is necessary and no restrictions after. A core bx is also an office procedure using a 14g or larger needle to remove tissue samples for histology. Core bx but not fna is usually counted in risk calc.
Dr. Sean Canale
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