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small cut made for the needle does not usually need stitches. Pressure is put
on the needle site to stop any bleeding. A bandage is put on. A small metal
marker (clip) is usually placed in the area where the biopsy sample was taken.
This is done to locate the exact spot where the tissue sample was taken.
The metal marker will stay in your breast if you do not have cancer. You
will not be able to feel it, and it will not set off metal detectors. You can
still have an MRI safely. When you have mammograms in the future, the
radiologist will be able to see the metal marker.
This type of
breast biopsy takes about 60 minutes. But most of this time is needed for the
mammogram or MRI and finding the area for the biopsy.
A vacuum-assisted biopsy is
done by a radiologist or a surgeon. This method may be used for a core needle
biopsy or a stereotactic biopsy. The biopsy may be done while you sit or lie on
an examination table. Or you will lie on your stomach on a special table that
has an opening for your breast. A mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI is used to find
the exact site for the biopsy.
Your doctor numbs your breast with
a shot of local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, a small cut is made in your
skin. A hollow probe with a special tip is put into the breast. Tissue is
gently vacuumed into the probe. With this type of biopsy, the doctor can take
more than one sample without removing the probe.
After the probe
is removed, pressure is put on the site to stop any bleeding. The small cut
does not need stitches and leaves only a small scar.
vacuum-assisted core biopsy takes less than an hour.
An open biopsy is done by a general
gynecologist, or family medicine doctor. The biopsy
may be done in a surgery clinic or the hospital.
You will need to
take off all or most of your clothes above the waist. You will be given a gown
to use during the biopsy. The biopsy will be done while you sit or lie on an
examination table. Your hands may be at your sides or raised above your head
(depending on which position makes it easiest to find the lump).