This technique will be used if the mass is too deep to be felt, but it can be seen with imaging tests. After the mass is found, a fine wire will be placed into the breast. The wire will point to the spot that needs to be removed. A small cut will be made and the mass will be removed.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medicine.
It will take about 2-5 days to get your test results.
Do not return to normal activities until your doctor says it is okay to do so. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever or chills
Redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, or leaking
Nausea or vomiting
Pain that you can't control with the medicines you were given
Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
Breast biopsy. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/screening-tests-and-early-detection/breast-biopsy.html. Updated October 9, 2017. Accessed January 29, 2018.
General information about breast cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/patient/breast-treatment-pdq. Updated November 2, 2017. Accessed January 29, 2018.
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