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MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures Information
BREAST BIOPSY
By Incision


For "Informational Use Only".
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  • Breast Biopsy Description
  • Reasons For Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Biopsy Risk Factors
  • Breast Biopsy Procedure Description
  • Breast Biopsy Expected Outcome
  • Breast Biopsy Complications
  • Breast Biopsy Post Procedure Care
  • Medication
  • Activity Recommendations & Restrictions
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Notify Your Health Care Provider




  • BREAST BIOPSY DESCRIPTION

    Breast biopsy by incision is the removal of a lump or cyst from one of the breasts.




    REASONS FOR BREAST BIOPSY PROCEDURE

  • Signs and symptoms that may indicate breast cancer or the results of mammography are suggestive of breast cancer.

  • Pathologic examination of the removed tissue aids in diagnosis.





  • BREAST BIOPSY RISK FACTORS

    These risk factors may increase the chances of complications associated with a breast biopsy procedure.

  • Smoking.
  • Obesity.
  • Poor nutrition.
  • Recent or chronic illness.
  • Use of drugs such as antihypertensives; muscle relaxants; tranquilizers; sleep inducers; insulin; sedatives; beta-adrenergic blockers; or cortisone.
  • Use of mind altering drugs, including: narcotics; psychedelics; hallucinogens; marijuana; sedatives; hypnotics; or cocaine.





  • DESCRIPTION OF BREAST BIOPSY PROCEDURE

  • Biopsy is performed under local or general anesthesia.
  • Needles may be inserted into the breast to localize the lump or cyst.
  • An incision is made over the cyst or lump to be removed.


  • surgical breast biopsy


  • The cyst or lump is cut free of surrounding tissue and removed.


  • surgical biopsy


  • Bleeding is controlled with sutures or electrocautery.
  • The skin is closed with sutures or surgical clips. Which usually can be removed about 1 week after surgery.





  • BREAST BIOPSY EXPECTED OUTCOME

  • Expect complete healing without complications. Allow about 2 weeks for recovery from surgery.





  • BREAST BIOPSY POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Surgical wound infection.
  • Unsightly scar on breast (rare).
  • In cases of a large biopsy or if tissue removed is close to the skin, there can be some minor changes in the contour of the breast.





  • BREAST BIOPSY POST PROCEDURE CARE

  • Hard ridge may form along the incision. The ridge will heal and recede gradually without treatment.
  • Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap.
  • Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp or a warm compress to relieve incisional pain.
  • Wear a supportive bra. Apply bandages to the surgical wound, and change them as directed.





  • MEDICATION

  • Antibiotics may be prescribed, if needed to fight infection.
  • Prescription pain medication should generally be required only for 2 to 7 days following the procedure.
  • You may use non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, for minor pain.





  • ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS

  • Have someone drive you home following the procedure.
  • To help recovery and aid your well-being, resume daily activities, including work, as soon as possible.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Resume driving 3 to 5 days after returning home.





  • DIET & NUTRITION

  • No special diet. However, you should continue following a nutritious dietary plan for a strong immune system and fast recovery from surgery.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Adult Regular Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information, Guidelines, Dietary Recommendations





    NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • If pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increases in the surgical area.
  • If you develop signs of infections: headache, muscle aches, dizziness, or a general ill feeling and Fever.
  • If new, unexplained symptoms develop, such as nausea or vomiting.

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