The doctor may use local anesthesia. The area will be numbed.
Description of the Procedure
The exact steps will depend on the type of biopsy:
Shave biopsy—A special blade will shave off a thin piece of skin.
Punch biopsy—A special tool is used. The tip of the tool is pushed into the skin and turned. It will cut a round sample of skin. The sample will show all of the layers of the skin. Stitches may be needed to close the hole.
Excision biopsy—The entire area of abnormal skin will be removed with a scalpel. This biopsy will make a larger and deeper hole in the skin. The area will be stitched.
After the procedure, a bandage will be placed on the site.
How Long Will It Take?
5 to 20 minutes
Will It Hurt?
There may be some pain and discomfort after the procedure. Medicine will help.
At the Care Center
Most can go home after the procedure, when they feel ready.
Skin care will help prevent infection.
Test results should be ready in a few days to a week or so.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Excess bleeding, redness, swelling, or discharge from the incision site
Red streaks that extend from the incision site
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines
New or unexpected symptoms
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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