This method is used if the mass cannot be felt. Imaging is used to guide a fine wire to the breast through a needle. 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?
1 to 3 hours
Will It Hurt?
There will be some discomfort after the procedure. Medicine will help.
Average Hospital Stay
Most can home the same day.
At the Hospital
Right after the procedure, the staff may give you pain medicine.
During your stay, staff will take steps to control your risk of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to lower your risk of infection, such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and staff to do the same
Reminding staff to wear gloves or masks
Not letting others touch your incisions
Pain should go away in a week or so. Swelling may last for a few weeks or months. Some activities may be limited during this time.
It will take about 2 to 5 days to get test results.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever or chills
Excess bleeding, redness, swelling, or discharge from the incision site
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