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What to Expect When Getting an In-Office Breast Biopsy

Last updated 2 years ago

It’s common to face concern and uncertainty when your doctor recommends a breast biopsy. At the offices of Dr. Marla W. Dudak in Boca Raton, we are here to support and guide you through this time. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will ensure you experience the best and most comfortable breast cancer care available in the Boca Raton area.

Excisional Biopsies

Excisional biopsies are only performed when the area of concern is deep, close to the bone, or presents other challenges.

  • Procedure: These biopsies are performed in an operating room and surgically remove the entire lesion from your breast. You will be sedated and the area will receive local anesthetic. Patients can usually return home on the day of the procedure and expect results within a few days.
  • Pros and Cons: Excisional biopsies may remove the entire cancerous area and be the only treatment necessary. They provide a highly accurate diagnosis. Your doctor can also gather valuable information regarding the size, type, grade, and status of the tumor during the procedure. Since excisional biopsies provide a diagnosis, some patients may undergo the surgery unnecessarily. The recovery takes time and may be uncomfortable.

Percutaneous Core Biopsies

This procedure is the preferred method of diagnosis, as long as your doctor can reach the area to be biopsied.

  • Procedure: Percutaneous biopsies are performed when a doctor or radiologist inserts a needle into the area in question to remove a sample for testing. Your doctor will use MRI, a mammogram, or an ultrasound to ensure the correct area is biopsied. The area is numbed and the sample is removed. Results come back within a few days.
  • Pros and Cons: This type of biopsy provides a diagnosis without necessitating operation. The use of a core needle allows the doctor to get a sizeable sample, so results are usually accurate. However, since it only removes a portion of the tissue causing concern, it’s possible to get a false negative.

If you’re in need of a breast biopsy, visit the caring and experienced staff at the office of Marla W. Dudak, MD in Boca Raton. Call us today at (888) 418-6759 to schedule an appointment.


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