WHAT IS INCISIONAL BIOPSY?
Removal of a lump or cyst from one of the
breasts, for the purpose of tissue diagnosis. Laboratory examination of the
removed tissue CONFIRMS the diagnosis. This is different from needle biopsy
where only some fluid or tissue is aspirated for DIAGNOSTIC purpose.
REASONS FOR SURGERY
Signs or symptoms that may
indicate breast cancer.
- Before surgery: Blood and urine studies;
X-rays of chest; mammograms.
- After surgery: Laboratory examination of
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION
- An incision is made over the cyst or lump to
- The cyst or lump is cut free of surrounding
tissue and removed. Bleeding is controlled.
- The skin is closed with sutures or clips,
which usually can be removed about 1 week after surgery.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Wound infection.
AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY
0 to 1 day.
Expect complete healing
without complications. Allow about 1 week for recovery from surgery.
- A hard ridge will form along the incision.
As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually.
- Wear a supportive bra. Apply bandages to the
surgical wound, and change them several times daily or as directed by your
- Your doctor may prescribe pain relievers.
Don't take prescription pain medication longer than 4 to 7 days. Use ONLY as
much as you need.
- You may use non-prescription drugs, such as
Paracetamol, for minor pain.
- Resume normal activity as soon as possible.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after
VISIT YOUR DOCTOR, IF
- Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or
bleeding increases in the surgical area.
- You develop signs of infection: headache,
muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.