Breast Biopsy in Johnson City, Tennessee
Reason to Get a Breast Biopsy with The Johnson Lawson Surgical Group
A breast biopsy is a procedure used to observe the tissue of the breast by removing a small sample for additional testing. This procedure is often conducted if there is any suspicious activity within the breast tissue that can be detected during an examination like a mammogram, ultrasound scan, or self-examination.
The board-certified general surgeons at The John Lawson Surgical Group provide comprehensive breast biopsies. Learn more about the breast biopsy procedure and schedule your consultation at our office in Johnson City today.
What are the Different Types of Breast Biopsies?
There are several different ways in which your physician can complete a breast biopsy. The particular biopsy chosen will depend on the size, location, and characteristics of the abnormality within the breast. These breast biopsy methods include:
- Core need biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy
- MRI-guided core needle biopsy
- Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Surgical biopsy
What Should I Expect?
Each of these breast biopsies are relatively simple and does not require anything more than a mild numbing agent to prevent the patient from feeling any pain. The individual will then be able to return home within the same day with only mild discomfort near the incision site.
Tissue samples usually average to be the size of a grain of rice, unless the patient is undergoing a surgical biopsy to remove the entire breast mass in question. Additional anesthetic and resulting stitches may be required if the mass is of significant size.
How Should I Prepare for a Breast Biopsy
It is important to understand all of the different kinds of breast biopsies in order to determine which one is best for you. Make sure to discuss all questions about the biopsy with your doctor, and notify them of any allergies or medications that could interfere with the procedure.