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During a breast biopsy, a doctor removes a small tissue sample from the breast. A biopsy can diagnose or rule out breast conditions, including breast cancer. Your doctor may recommend a breast biopsy if you had an abnormal screening mammogram or if there is a lump in your breast.
Call (702) 616-4900 or use our online tool to find a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals doctor who performs breast biopsy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting women’s health, we provide a variety of wellness classes and support groups. Register for a class today.
Doctors may use MRI, ultrasound, and X-rays during a breast biopsy to precisely locate the area to sample. There are several ways to perform a breast biopsy:
After a breast biopsy, a pathologist will process the tissue and make a diagnosis. If cancer is detected, the biopsy results will help you and your doctor decide on a treatment plan that is right for you.
It’s important to learn about your different biopsy options so you can make the best decision. Before having a breast biopsy, your doctor will explain:
As with any procedure, a breast biopsy has risks and possible complications including:
Recovery time depends on the type of breast biopsy. For less invasive biopsies, you should be back to normal activities within 24 hours. Surgical biopsies have a longer recovery.
For most breast biopsies, ice packs and over-the-counter pain medicine can help reduce swelling and ease pain. Call your doctor if your pain changes or gets worse in any way. It could be a sign of infection or other complication.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers of range of women’s health services, including breast biopsy, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.