Breast Biopsy

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Breast Biopsy

Surgical removal of a sample of breast tissue which is examined under the microscope.


  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2. Anesthesia may affect your mental and physical abilities.  For the next 24 hours:
    1. Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery.
    2. Do not make any business decisions.
    3.  Do not be alone or drink alcohol.
  3. Keep an ice pack to breast today to keep down swelling.
  4. Return to full activity as tolerated.
  5. Remove dressing tomorrow.  You may shower or tub bath.  Do not let water spray directly on incision until healed.
  6. Wear a good bra 24 hours a day (sleep with it on) until you see your doctor.  Use a soft absorbent padding inside bra if incision is draining.
  7. Elastic hose should be worn to promote circulation in the legs and prevent clots from forming.  Hose may be taken off twice a day while resting for 30 minutes or when they need to be washed.  Elastic hose may be discontinued when full normal activities are resumed.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. Chills.
  3. Pained not relieved by pain medicine ordered by doctor.
  4. Drainage from incision site that saturates more than one dressing in 24 hours.
  5. An increase in redness and swelling at incision site if more than when discharged from hospitals.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.