Excisional biopsy is the procedure of cutting out tissue from the body to study the makeup of its cells. At Texas Breast Care, this procedure takes place in the operating room on an outpatient basis.

Before the Biopsy

  • Several days to the biopsy, your doctor may give orders to have lab work carried out
  • The doctor will review your medical history to establish existing conditions, such as previous surgeries or allergies
  • Your doctor will want a list of herbal or prescription medicine that you take regularly. Alert the physician if you’re using any blood thinning medication or over-the-counter supplements

Day of the Biopsy

  • You report to the surgical unit
  • The doctor administers a local anesthetic (in your breast only) or a general anesthetic (to make you sleep)
  • The surgeon uses an antiseptic cleanser to cleanse your breast and remove any existing bacteria on the skin
  • The surgeon cuts through the skin to remove the mass and sometimes a section of tissue near the mass
  • The surgeon stitches up the area and covers the incision with a small bandage
  • You’re taken to a recovery area for monitoring until you’re awake. They will monitor for any bleeding, vomiting or if you are feeling any intense pain
  • You will receive discharge instructions on how to take care of the wound and told when you can resume normal activities
  • They will schedule a return appointment to remove stitches and monitor the healing of the wound

After the Biopsy

  • A cut through the skin makes you vulnerable to an infection. Follow the physician’s instructions on how to change the bandage and nurse the wound
  • Keep the bandage dry
  • You might feel some soreness in the area for several days
  • You might experience mild pain that can be managed with over-the-counter prescriptions
  • The breast may undergo discoloration (bluish to yellow tones)
  • It’s normal to have a blood-tinged drainage coming from the biopsy cavity fluid

When to Contact a Physician

  • You have a fever of above 100.5 degrees F
  • There’s increasing redness near the incision site
  • You feel excessive pain around the area that won’t subside once you take over-the-counter medication
  • There’s a bright red bleeding from the area

The Procedure Results

The doctor will send the biopsy tissue to a pathologist to establish whether the tissue was malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous). Ask how and when you can access the results.

At Texas Breast Care, we have qualified and experienced physicians to provide excisional biopsy and other breast cancer surgical treatments. Contact us today at 214.379.2700 to make an appointment.