Frequently asked questions about Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
What is a stereotactic breast biopsy?
A stereotactic biopsy may be recommended if an area of concern is found is better visualized using mammography. Solis Women's Health physicians use this technique to take several small samples of an area in your breast tissue that needs further examination. A stereotactic biopsy is a reliable, minimally invasive method used if areas of concern were detected by a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI.
How is this procedure performed?
Most stereotactic biopsies are performed on a stereotactic biopsy table. This equipment allows us to use computer and digital imaging to calculate the exact position of the area being targeted within the breast. The biopsy is performed using local anesthesia. You will remain awake during the procedure. Once the precise position is located, small tissue samples are obtained with a specially designed needle. The tissue specimens are then sent to a specialized pathologist to be evaluated.
Do I need to do anything special before having this procedure?
Yes. You need to let us know about any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you are taking. If you take daily aspirin or use ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Aleve on a regular basis, we will ask you to discontinue using these medications prior to the procedure. If you take the blood thinner warfarin (brand name is Coumadin), we will consult with your physician about possibly discontinuing this medication. We will have you discontinue these drugs to prevent possible bleeding complications.
How is it different from a surgical biopsy?
A surgical biopsy is more invasive and typically requires general anesthesia, and a larger incision.
How long will this procedure take?
The biopsy itself will take only about 30 minutes. However, you should plan to be in our office for 60 to 90 minutes. Only local anesthesia is used and most patients are able to return to their normal routine shortly afterward.
Will I have to modify my activities?
Other than common wound care instructions, your activities should not be impacted at all. Our staff will cover wound care with you. We do not recommend activities, like running, that put a stress on the breast until the incision has healed. Most of our patients report minimal impact from the procedure.
Will I have a scar?
The incision is very small. Most women report that only they can find it after a few months. The procedure create minimal if any cosmetic impact.
When will I get my results?
Usually within two days. We will schedule an appointment for you to receive your results when your pathology reports are available