Patient Comments: Breast Biopsy - Experience

Describe your experience with your breast biopsy.

Comment from: ROZ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I need to have a breast biopsy. There was no lump but a small mass was detected under my right breast during a mammogram. My concern is whether or not to let them put in a titanium chip. I have read horror stories from people who have had severe reactions to this. I realize this helps the doctors pin point the exact area if there is a change but regardless if it is negative they would still be doing a mammogram six months later so I wonder why suffer with a chip.

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Comment from: Sandmax, (Patient) Published: April 13

Today I had a stereotactic breast biopsy. I was terrified right before it but really it was a piece of cake! The worst part for me was lying still without moving for 45 minutes.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

My stereotactic needle breast biopsy was a painful, frightening experience. My procedure felt like a 45 minute mammogram, squeezed in a vice. The numbing medicine must have helped with the needle, but the pressure of my breast being squeezed very tightly for 45 minutes was intense. It could be that the area affected was the cause. My biopsy was on my side, below the armpit, yet close to the bone, technically called the axillary tail. When I would hear the clicks, the next thing I felt was as if my nipple was being pinched and twisted.

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Comment from: Cahtie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I had a core needle breast biopsy this morning. I didn't even feel the numbing shot. I usually have a high threshold of pain for that sort of thing. But, much to my surprise, and my doctor's, as soon as that needle punched through the top layers, I felt a sharp stab of burning pain. This was right under my nipple. More numbing was done, but it didn't matter. I had several samples taken, and other then the top layer tissue, the rest hurt to the point that I was shaking and swearing pretty bad. I wasn't really all that scared or nervous for this procedure, but I definitely got scared during it. The pressure afterwards hurt a little, but it wasn't that bad. More tolerable then the stabbing needle! The clicking point during each sample didn't hurt, or at least not to a noticeable level over the initial jab. Afterwards I was a little sore. I came home and took a nap and though I feel a tiny bit tender, it's barely worth noting. I am hoping the results that I get tomorrow are negative.

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Comment from: Grandma1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I had a core breast biopsy done a few days ago and I did not anticipate any pain and was taken back when the second sample she took surprisingly caused pain that ran through my chest. She did it three times, the first and the last time were fine but the middle one hurt like heck. I know I am quite black and blue but other than that I am fine. I will find out the results tomorrow. I was surprised that the radiologist and the surgeon made it very clear that they have little doubt that my very small lump was malignant. I will find out tomorrow if they were wrong or not.

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Comment from: Catalina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I had a breast aspiration yesterday, and the procedure took longer because the radiologist could not locate the cyst, and finally after several tries he aspirated the fluid to send to the lab. Right after the biopsy procedure the doctor ordered a second mammogram, and I was sent home with mild pain. They prescribed acetaminophen in case of pain. After I went back to work I started feeling terrible, lots of pain, my breast got swollen and hard, and looks like I have a breast implant there. The doctor said I have a hematoma, and the breast will stop bleeding on its own, the swelling will go away with time and the body will absorb the bleeding. Meantime I have a little pain, and a huge bruised breast, but no fever, thank goodness. I have to wait for the results by Wednesday.

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Comment from: keden7, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I had my breast biopsy yesterday and went right back to work. It didn't hurt much as the doctor numbed the area. Just a little prick or two and some soreness afterwards. Nothing to work yourself up over; totally not worth it! You'll be fine.

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