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Surgical Breast Biopsy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a surgical breast biopsy?

A surgical breast biopsy is surgery to remove a sample of abnormal tissue from your breast. The abnormal tissue is sent to the laboratory and tested for cancer.

How do I prepare for a surgical breast biopsy?

What will happen during a surgical breast biopsy?

What will happen after a surgical breast biopsy?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may have pain, bruising, or swelling for a few days. Do not breastfeed for 24 to 48 hours if you received contrast liquid. The contrast liquid may harm your baby. You may go home after your procedure or you may need to spend a night in the hospital.

What are the risks of a surgical breast biopsy?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. A pocket of blood or fluid may form under your skin. You may need surgery to drain or remove it. You may have scarring or changes in the shape of your breast.

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