Who is a candidate for a biopsy?

Biopsies are recommended to help answer important medical questions. For example, your doctor may order a biopsy:

  • If a mole on your skin has recently changed shape
  • If a lump or mass in your breast showed up on a mammogram
  • To check for cirrhosis of the liver if you have chronic hepatitis

Why choose us for biopsies?

Advanced Surgical Technology is a multidisciplinary practice, offering a range of general surgery and vascular surgery services and primary care, cosmetics, and aesthetics. When you come to our office for a biopsy, our office-based lab could make the process quicker and more convenient. It is our priority to provide you with superior surgical services and the highest level of comprehensive care.

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What can I expect with a biopsy in Mount Vernon?

There are many different types of biopsies. What you can expect during the procedure will depend on where the suspicious tissue is located and the type of biopsy performed.

Needle biopsy

Most biopsies are needle biopsies. In this procedure, a needle is used to obtain a sample of the tissue.

Skin biopsy

Most skin biopsies are minimally invasive procedures performed in the doctor’s office with a local anesthetic. The punch biopsy is a common technique that uses a circular blade to obtain a cylindrical skin tissue sample.

Surgical biopsy

Laparoscopic or open surgery may be used to remove an area of tissue for examination in the lab. A surgical biopsy might be performed on the breast if the results of a needle biopsy were uncertain.

Liver biopsy

A needle is injected through the skin of the abdomen into the liver to obtain a tissue sample.

Thyroid biopsy

Ultrasound-guided aspiration biopsy may be performed on the thyroid. Using the guidance of an ultrasound scanner, the surgeon uses a fine needle to withdraw suspicious material.

Is there any recovery time after a biopsy?

Your recovery time will depend on the type of biopsy performed. Less invasive procedures will require little to no downtime. More invasive procedures, such as surgical biopsy, may require you to take some time away from work and activities.

FAQ

Does a biopsy hurt?

If you have a needle biopsy, you may feel a sharp pinch at the site when the needle is inserted. For a surgical biopsy, you will have an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area and may be given a sedative before or during the procedure. The area may be sore for a few days. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication.

What happens to the tissue sample after a biopsy?

The tissue is sent to a lab for analysis and examined by a pathologist using a microscope. (In some cases, the doctor collecting the tissue will examine the tissue sample and diagnose the condition.) When the process is complete, the pathologist will send a full report to your doctor.

What are the benefits of a needle biopsy?

Needle biopsy is a reliable technique for obtaining a tissue sample to help a doctor determine whether a nodule is malignant or benign. It is less invasive than other biopsy methods and does not require anesthesia. The risk of infection is low. The procedure is not typically painful, and there is little or no recovery time.

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