A biopsy is a method of collecting a small amount of tissue using a needle, which is then examined by a pathologist for further assessment of possible diseases. Vacuum-assisted biopsies of the breast are performed using mammographic guidance.
Typically, no preparation is required although it is important to contact us and let us know if you are taking any blood thinning medications or have an iodine allergy prior to the appointment. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to take off and put on.
We require you to come with someone to assist you and drive you home after the procedure. Public transport is not acceptable. Should your circumstances be that you do not have anyone to accompany you, please contact us immediately to discuss.
The procedure usually takes approximately 1 hour.
The local anaesthesia will wear off in about 2 hours. Paracetamol (Panadol or the like) is recommended for pain if necessary. Do not take aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Nurofen) since these drugs will increase the likelihood of bruising.
Take it easy for the next 24-48 hours. Avoid strenuous activity involving the upper body (sports, exercise, housework, heavy lifting)
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