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Vacuum-assisted Breast Biopsy


Vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a lump from your breast. It may be used to diagnose lumps that are small, deep, or cannot be felt. A needle attached to a suction is used to remove tissue from the breast. Healthcare providers may use an ultrasound with a monitor to guide the procedure.


Follow up with your healthcare provider or breast specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Breast self-exams: Your healthcare provider or breast specialist may suggest you do a breast self-exam (BSE) each month to check for changes in your breast tissue. Ask your healthcare provider or breast specialist for more information and how to do a BSE.
  • Mammogram: Ask when you should have your next mammogram.

Contact your healthcare provider or breast specialist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have discharge or pain in the area where the biopsy was done.
  • Your skin itches, is swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • The skin around your biopsy area is red, swollen, or has pus.
  • You feel something is bulging out of your chest and not going back in.
  • You have pain in your chest or armpit that does not go away even after you take pain medicines.
  • You have sudden trouble breathing.
  • Your shoulder, arm, or fingers tingle, feel numb or cool to the touch, or look blue or pale.

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