HOW LONG DOES A BIOPSY TAKE?
A surgical biopsy usually takes about an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis in a clinic or hospital. Lab test results may take from 2 to 7 days.
IS A SURGICAL BIOPSY PAINFUL?
The surgeon will use a local anesthetic, often with a mild sedative. Post-operative pain is usually minimal after surgery, and goes away in a few days.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A BIOPSY?
You can begin non-strenuous work the day after a biopsy. You will be advised not to lift heavy things for 1 to 2 weeks. Your incision should heal completely within 1 month.
WHAT WILL MY BREAST LOOK LIKE AFTER THE BIOPSY?
When a small lump is removed, there is a good chance your breast will look normal but have a slight scar when it has healed. Larger lumps or complications may leave a more noticeable incision scar and perhaps an indentation. Sometimes there is firmness under the incision that can take several months to heal.