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Private Practice: Since 1980 to the present
Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Instructor: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christ Community Hospital,
MacNeal Memorial Hospital and Palos Community Hospital
Dr. Miller

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Surgical Breast Biopsy: Your ExperienceBiopsia quirºrgica del seno: Su experiencia

Surgical Breast Biopsy: Your Experience

A surgical breast biopsy is done to remove a sample of tissue from the breast. This tissue is then sent to a lab to be studied. Most surgical breast biopsies are done in a hospital or clinic. They are performed on an outpatient basis.

Understanding the Risks

Risks that may occur with surgical biopsy include:

  • Excessive bleeding or bruising

  • Infection

  • Problems from the anesthesia

  • Poor wound healing

  • Change in breast shape

  • Failure to remove entire lesion

  • False-negative result

Before the Biopsy

Tell your surgeon about any medications, vitamins, or herbs you take. This includes over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin. Some of these may affect your body's response during surgery. On the day of the biopsy, wear a loose shirt that buttons in front. Also, be sure to arrange for a trusted adult to drive you home.

After the Biopsy

Usually you can go home the day of the biopsy. You may have bruising and swelling for a few days. If you need them, your surgeon may prescribe pain medications. Ice packs can also help ease minor soreness or swelling. Leave your dressing on for as long as your surgeon suggests. Also, follow your surgeon's advice about bathing and exercise.

When to Call Your Surgeon

Call your surgeon if you have any of these:

  • A fever over 101°F

  • Increased pain, warmth, or redness at the puncture or incision site

  • Severe swelling that doesn't go away in a few days

  • Drainage from the puncture or incision site

  • Bleeding that soaks through the dressing

 

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-10-04T00:00:00-06:00

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