What should I expect?
We realize a biopsy may be an emotionally distressful experience. However, patient comfort, in addition to an accurate diagnosis, is our priority. Our radiologists and staff are trained to make this procedure as comfortable as possible. A needle biopsy can be performed with local anesthetic and usually with minimal discomfort. With this procedure, no stitches are required; a steri-strip tape will be used where the needle is placed through the skin.
If it makes you feel more comfortable, you may want a relative or friend to join you to lend support and drive you home.
You should not take aspirin, ibuprofen (e.g. Advil), naproxen (e.g. Aleve), Vitamin E or Fish Oil for 3 days prior to biopsy. Prior to your appointment, please let us know if you are taking any blood thinners.
Please wear a supportive bra to help maintain the post-biopsy dressing. It is helpful to wear a two-piece outfit, preferably one that buttons up the front. No change of eating habits is required.
What instructions do I follow after the procedure?
After your biopsy, do not participate in any strenuous activity or take aspirin, ibuprofen (e.g. Advil), naproxen (e.g. Aleve), Vitamin E or Fish Oil for 48-hours. You may take acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) if needed for any discomfort. You will be given an ice pack to place inside of your bra which you can use for 15 minutes every hour or two on the day of the biopsy. You are also asked to sleep wearing a support bra the night of the biopsy. The outer dressing may be removed after 24 hours. Do not get the area wet until this is done. The steri-strip may be removed five days after the biopsy. You may bathe carefully with the steri-strip in place.
You may have some discomfort or bruising at the biopsy site. Watch for excessive bleeding, pain, or fever. Should any of these occur, contact our office.
When will I receive results?
Biopsy samples are sent to a pathologist, who will provide your physician and St. Vincent Breast Center with a diagnosis. You will be notified of results within several days of your biopsy appointment.
If you have minor claustrophobia or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative. DO NOT take this medication prior to your arrival or signing paperwork. If you take a sedative, you need to have a driver. Avoid eating a large meal immediately prior to the exam and plan to arrive about 30 minutes before your appointment time.
When you arrive you will be asked to complete paperwork regarding your history and symptoms. You will be asked to remove all jewelry since these items disturb MRI signals.