Four Breast Biopsy Questions Answered

Are you scheduled for a breast biopsy and have no idea what it is or what it entails? A breast biopsy is usually done to get a small sample of breast tissue that is then scientifically examined to determine whether you have breast cancer or any abnormalities present. 

ZP Rad in New York, NY, is a radiology practice that offers comprehensive cancer screening services, including 3D mammograms and breast MRIs. Our clinic can perform all of the necessary tests to determine whether you need a biopsy. Our goal is to provide our clients with all of the information they need to understand their testing options and make the best decisions for their health. Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about breast biopsies.

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How Many Types of Breast Biopsies Are There?

There are several types of breast biopsies available. There are open biopsies, where the surgeon removes a part of or the entire abnormal breast tissue. The most common type is a fine needle aspiration biopsy. This is a relatively painless process where the doctor uses a thin needle to extract the abnormal tissue. The third type is a core needle biopsy, which uses a slightly bigger, hollow needle to get core samples. This biopsy procedure usually requires multiple samples to be drawn.

Will I Be Sedated for the Procedure?

Depending on the type of biopsy you will be getting, you may undergo the procedure with local anesthesia, which will numb your breast, but allow you to remain awake and fully conscious. Some procedures will require you to get general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep throughout the duration of the biopsy.

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Does the Procedure Pose Any Risks?

Just like any other medical procedure, there are risks associated with breast biopsies. These risks include bleeding, pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, scarring, and infections at the point where the sample was extracted. However, the pros of this procedure greatly outweigh its risks, and having the right medical team by your side, can greatly minimize these risks.

Do Breast Biopsies Cause Cancer to Spread?

No. Rumors that breast biopsies can cause cancer to spread are completely unfounded. Countless studies have been conducted to ensure this, and they have proven that biopsies do not cause cancer to spread.

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At ZP Rad, we strive to ensure that our clients are well taken care of and have all the information they need prior to undergoing any of our women’s imaging procedures. Feel free to contact us to get any additional information and have all of your questions answered by a professional.