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Core Needle Biopsy
This biopsy is done with a larger needle.
• A small cut is made in the skin.
• The needle is put into the site.
• Several samples of tissue are collected.
• The needle is then removed.
Stereotactic Biopsy
This biopsy is done for areas that cannot be felt, but are seen on
mammogram.
• You lie face down on a table with an opening for the breast.
• The site is numbed.
• A small incision is made in the breast.
• The breast is squeezed flat and a special type of x-ray is done before and
during the biopsy to locate the site.
• A needle is put into the breast to remove samples of tissue.
• Several samples of tissue are collected.
• The needle is then removed.
Open Excisional Biopsy
The entire lump is taken out in surgery.
• You will be given medicine to numb the breast or to make you sleepy.
• An incision is made in the breast to remove the lump and some tissue
around the lump.
The site is closed with a stitch or special tape.
Home Care
• Do not lift over 5 pounds for 24 hours after your biopsy. A gallon of milk
weighs over eight pounds.
• You can eat your normal diet.
• You may have bruising, discomfort, swelling and a small amount of drainage
at the biopsy site.
• You can wear a sports bra for support.
• You may use over the counter pain medicine that does not contain aspirin as
needed.
• Apply an ice pack to your breast as needed to reduce swelling and bruising.
Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
• A stitch or special tape is put on the incision. The stitch will be removed at
the doctor’s office.
• If you had an open excisional biopsy, you may shower but do not take a bath
or swim for 2 weeks.