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Fayette Medical Center Now Offers Less Invasive Breast Biopsy Procedure

Fayette Medical Center offers less invasive breast biopsy to determine the presence of cancer.

This procedure is beneficial to women faced with a suspicious mammogram or small breast lump.

The minimally invasive breast biopsy procedure performed at FMC is done with a device that allows doctors to biopsy suspicious tissue through a tiny incision in less than 15 minutes with an immediate recovery.

Biopsies are used to obtain a sample of suspicious tissue that will be examined by a pathologist to determine the presence of cancer.

“Mammograms are not enough in many cases to make a definitive cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. Jonathan Smith, a surgeon at FMC. “Biopsies are important, and with minimally invasive breast biopsies, we can keep women out of the operating room and avoid the stitches and scarring associated with a traditional open surgical biopsy.”

During the procedure with FMC’s stereotactic breast biopsy device, a woman lies on a table while the doctor places a probe through an incision about the size of a match head. Using ultrasound or X-ray imaging, the doctor can accurately pinpoint the suspicious tissue and gently vacuum, cut and remove this tissue for further examination. Only a small adhesive bandage is required to cover the incision. The procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes, and women can return to normal activity immediately following the biopsy.

“Whenever possible, a minimally invasive breast biopsy should be performed rather than an open surgical biopsy,” Dr. Smith said. “Women can avoid the operating room altogether if it’s not breast cancer, which is the case for about 80 percent of women.”

Other breast biopsy techniques include open excisional biopsy or minimally invasive approaches, including fine needle aspiration, a core needle biopsy or a vacuum-assisted biopsy. Breast cancer experts prefer the minimally invasive biopsy.

Any breast biopsy procedure may present risks. Patients should consult with their doctors to see which type of breast biopsy procedure is appropriate for them.

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