Health Library Explorer
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A-Z Listings Contact Us

Health Tip: What to Expect From a Breast Biopsy

(HealthDay News) -- A breast biopsy involves removing a sample of breast tissue or fluid to test for the presence of cancerous cells.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says here's what you can expect from a non-surgical needle biopsy:

  • You will lay on your side or sit on an exam table.

  • A health care provider will clean the biopsy site and inject it with an anesthetic, so you won't feel pain during the procedure.

  • When the area is numb, the health care provider will insert a needle into the site and remove a sample of tissue or fluid.

  • You may feel some pressure as the sample is being withdrawn.

  • Pressure will be applied to the biopsy site until any bleeding stops. A sterile bandage is then applied to help prevent any additional bleeding.

Copyright ©2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.