What to Expect

What to Expect During a Breast Biopsy

  • A specially trained technologist and/or nurse will talk with you before the procedure and answer any questions you might have.
  • Once the precise area is identified for the biopsy via mammogram, MRI or ultrasound, the skin of the targeted breast will be cleaned.
  • You will receive a local anesthetic through a needle in the breast. You will feel a slight pinch, and then the area to be biopsied will become numb. This is similar to what occurs at the dentist’s office.
  • You will be asked to remain still so that the biopsy needle can be positioned as accurately as possible.
  • After the sample is taken, a metal biopsy marker (clip) will be placed at the biopsy site to mark the exact location of the biopsy.
  • Firm pressure will be applied to the area, and Steri-StripTM tape will be applied. No stitches are needed.
  • You may experience some minor swelling or bruising at the biopsy site. You may even feel a lump at the biopsy site. This is normal and temporary. Your physician may suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever or ice.
  • You should avoid swimming or doing anything strenuous for 24 to 48 hours. Then, you should be able to return to your normal activities.