Breast Biopsy at The Breast Center of Maple Grove

Breast Biopsy (1)A breast biopsy is ordered by a physician when a lump is found on a mammogram. A breast biopsy helps doctors to make a definitive diagnosis of breast cancer, or a benign, non-cancerous condition. Facing a breast biopsy can be a scary time, but many patients may be surprised to learn that more biopsies come back negative than positive.

How to Prepare for a Breast Biopsy

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You will need to undress and remove any jewelry from the waist up. A warm robe and gown will be provided for your comfort. Be sure the doctor knows about all medications you are taking, or if you have any allergies, especially to certain medications. It is best to bring a friend or family member who can drive you home and provide support throughout your appointment.

What To Expect During a Breast Biopsy

During a biopsy, a sample of cells is removed for testing to determine if cancer is present. A local anesthetic is used to numb the breast. Then a needle is used to remove the breast tissue sample. No stitches are required. Biopsy results are usually available within 48 hours.

Breast Health Patient Navigator

At The Breast Center of Maple Grove, Tracy Fisher, a Breast Health Patient Navigator, is available to help all breast biopsy patients. She can provide emotional support or answer any questions about the exam or what the next steps may be.

What to Do After a Breast Biopsy

The breast biopsy procedures offered at The Breast Center of Maple Grove allow patients to resume normal activities within a day. Bruising and mild pain are common, and can be easily treated with non-aspirin pain relievers, an ice pack, and some rest.

Breast Biopsy at The Breast Center of Maple Grove

Conveniently located on the campus of Maple Grove Hospital, The Breast Center of Maple Grove provides a warm, caring environment and state-of-the-art technology for breast imaging and biopsy procedures. The Breast Center of Maple Grove currently offers stereotactic breast biopsy, which uses a mammography machine to locate the biopsy site, or ultrasound-guided biopsy, which uses ultrasound waves to locate the biopsy site. If you’ve been referred for a breast biopsy procedure, call The Breast Center of Maple Grove to learn more about our compassionate care and schedule your appointment.