Health Tip: What to Expect From a Breast Biopsy
(HealthDay News) — A breast biopsy involves removing a sample of breast tissue or fluid to test for the presence of cancerous cells.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says here’s what you can expect from a non-surgical needle biopsy:
- You will lay on your side or sit on an exam table.
- A health care provider will clean the biopsy site and inject it with an anesthetic, so you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
- When the area is numb, the health care provider will insert a needle into the site and remove a sample of tissue or fluid.
- You may feel some pressure as the sample is being withdrawn.
- Pressure will be applied to the biopsy site until any bleeding stops.
A sterile bandage is then applied to help prevent any additional bleeding.