A breast biopsy procedure involves the removal of a small sample of breast tissue. The tissue is taken in for lab testing to determine whether a suspicious area in your breast is or isn’t breast cancer.
Your breast biopsy results can help your doctors determine whether or not you need surgery or what the next best treatment option is for you.
But what happens after the procedure? How do you take care of the breast biopsy site?
What do I need to know about breast biopsy aftercare?
There are many different types of breast biopsy procedures including fine-needle aspiration biopsy, core needle biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, and more. Yet, your breast biopsy aftercare will be the same after each procedure.
You’ll go home after the procedure with a small bandage over the biopsy site. Bruising is common around the needle insertion site.
You may take a nonaspirin pain reliever that contains acetaminophen and can apply an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and any discomfort you may be feeling.
It’s recommended that you take it easy after your procedure, although you can return home. You can resume your regular, everyday activities the day after your procedure (provided you don’t experience any complications or bleeding).
How can I take care of my breast biopsy site?
You’ll want to keep your bandage on the breast biopsy site until the next day after your procedure. However, don’t remove the thin strips of paper tape that are over your biopsy site until around three days if they haven’t fallen off.
You’re able to shower after 24 hours after your procedure (leave the thin strips in place). You can gently pat the biopsy site with a clean towel when you dry off.