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Can anyone tell me more about a breast biopsy--what do they do, anesthesia, etc?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Core box w/local

The standard of care for most all breast biopsies are the diagnosis be made via a needle biopsy (core bx).
This is usually done in the office under local anesthetic. The breast surgeon will generally use some means if image guidance - ultrasound or mmg/stereotactic - to ensure accurate targeting.

In brief: Core box w/local

The standard of care for most all breast biopsies are the diagnosis be made via a needle biopsy (core bx).
This is usually done in the office under local anesthetic. The breast surgeon will generally use some means if image guidance - ultrasound or mmg/stereotactic - to ensure accurate targeting.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: The biopsy

Can be done directed by ultrasound and/or needle localization.
If the rsults are equivocal, it may be necessary to do an open biopy under general anesthesia.

In brief: The biopsy

Can be done directed by ultrasound and/or needle localization.
If the rsults are equivocal, it may be necessary to do an open biopy under general anesthesia.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Usually IV sedation

There are several ways of doing this procedure.
It can either be a needle localizing biopsy or straight needle biopsy. Either involves the placement of a needle into the tissue that is to be examined, and a sample is sent off for a pathologist to analyze. The anesthesia for either of these procedures is usually IV sedation, with local anesthesia at the site of needle insertion.

In brief: Usually IV sedation

There are several ways of doing this procedure.
It can either be a needle localizing biopsy or straight needle biopsy. Either involves the placement of a needle into the tissue that is to be examined, and a sample is sent off for a pathologist to analyze. The anesthesia for either of these procedures is usually IV sedation, with local anesthesia at the site of needle insertion.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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