If you have any questions before or after
your biopsy appointment, please call (214)442-7050,
prompt 7 to speak with a staff member.
One week before your breast biopsy
- We recommend that you refrain from using any aspirin,
Advil, Aleve, or Vitamin E five days prior to your procedure.
- If you take prescription blood thinners, we also recommend
that you contact your prescribing physician about the
possibility of stopping this medication five days prior
to your procedure and ask if there is a suitable alternative
if applicable. If you must remain on your blood
thinners, please contact our office as soon as possible
and ask to speak with our medical assistant or a technologist.
Day of your breast biopsy
- We suggest you eat a normal meal prior to arriving.
- You MUST have someone drive you to and from your appointment
if you have been prescribed anti-anxiety or other mind-altering
medications for your exam.
- Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment
so you can be checked-in.
- You will check in at the Elizabeth Jekot Breast Imaging
Center registration desk.
- You will need to bring your government issued ID (i.e.,
drivers license) and insurance card.
About your breast biopsy
- All breast biopsies performed at Elizabeth Jekot Breast
Imaging Center are performed with the aid of imaging
guidance: mammography/stereotactic guidance, ultrasound
guidance, or MRI guidance.
- Local anesthetic will be used to numb the breast and
you will feel the slight sting associated with this numbing
process, similar to having a dental procedure. Please
let us know if you require more numbing medication than
average or if you feel any pain during the biopsy as
we can give you more numbing medication. You can
expect to feel some pushing/pulling sensations, pressure,
or vibrations within the breast during the biopsy however
we do not anticipate this being a painful experience. We
will work with you to make you as comfortable as possible
throughout the procedure.
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After your breast biopsy
- We will bind your chest with an ace wrap so you do
not need to wear a bra until the following morning to
prevent infection and minimize bleeding. Instead,
keep the ace wrap on for the rest of the day and wear
it to bed the night of the biopsy. After you remove
the ace wrap in the morning, we recommend you wear a
supportive bra, preferably without under wire, all day
for the next 3 days. You may choose to wear it
at night as well to provide additional support while
- After your biopsy, it is advised that the breast(s)
remains dry for 12-24 hours. You may shower after
the wrap is removed. Put fresh Neosporin and gauze
on the area after you shower for the next 4 days. The
steri-strip will probably come off in a few days. If
not, it can be gently removed after 4 days.
- To further lessen the risk of post-procedure infection,
we do not recommend soaking in a tub, pool, or any other
body of water for at least one full week.
- We do not recommend heavy lifting, massages, or vigorous
exercise the first 24 to 48 hours following your procedure. Unless
your job requires heavy lifting, multiple or strong upper
body movements, or vigorous activity you should be able
to return to work the next day.
Following a needle biopsy of the breast, you may
experience one or more of the following:
- Mild discomfort during the first 24 hours following
the procedure. These symptoms are usually relieved
by intermittent application of cold compresses for 20
minutes per hour for the first several hours after the
biopsy.You may take 1 or 2 Tylenol Extra Strength
every 4 hours for discomfort.
Please Note: Taking
Advil, Ibuprofen or Aspirin is not recommended because they can cause
bleeding and bruising at the affected site.
- Mild to moderate bruising in the affected area of the
breast, which usually resolves in 1 to 2 weeks. If
a hematoma, a palpable bruise, develops you can expect
resolution in 1 to 2 months.
- Small amounts of bloody and watery drainage from the
affected area.If bleeding occurs, hold pressure
on the site for 5 minutes.Do not release pressure
before the 5 minutes is up.If you have held pressure
for 5 minutes, 3 times in a row, and the area is still
bleeding, call us while continuing to hold pressure.
In the rare event of an infection, please look for the
following signs: significant discomfort in the area, redness,
the breast feels hot to the touch, swelling, bleeding,
purulent (pus) drainage, or if you develop a fever of 101
degrees or higher.
Please call 214-442-7050. During
business hours press prompt 7 - After 5pm or during the
week-end follow the instructions on the greeting for a
return call from the physician.
** If you need to cancel or re-schedule your appointment,
please contact our scheduling office at least 24 hours
prior to your reserved appointment time so we may have an
opportunity to help another patient. Thank you.