An interventional breast biopsy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used to remove a small sample of breast tissue for analysis under a microscope. While interventional breast biopsies are generally considered safe, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with the procedure. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your doctor before undergoing an interventional breast biopsy.
Bleeding and bruising One of the most common risks associated with interventional breast biopsy is bleeding and bruising at the site of the biopsy. This can be caused by the needle or biopsy device used to remove the tissue sample. While minor bleeding and bruising are normal and usually resolve on their own, excessive bleeding or bruising may require additional medical attention.
Infection There is a small risk of infection associated with any procedure that involves breaking the skin. To minimize this risk, your doctor will use sterile techniques during the biopsy procedure. If you notice signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, swelling, or pus at the biopsy site, contact your doctor right away.
Discomfort and pain Some women may experience discomfort or pain during or after the biopsy procedure. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the biopsy site before the procedure, but you may still feel some pressure or discomfort during the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can help alleviate any discomfort or pain you may experience after the procedure.
Damage to surrounding tissue In rare cases, the biopsy needle or device may damage surrounding tissue, such as blood vessels or nerves. This can cause additional pain and discomfort and may require additional medical attention.
Incorrect diagnosis While interventional breast biopsy is a highly accurate diagnostic tool, there is still a small chance of an incorrect diagnosis. In some cases, the biopsy sample may not be large enough to make an accurate diagnosis, or the sample may not be representative of the entire lump or abnormality. If you have concerns about the accuracy of your biopsy results, talk to your doctor.
In conclusion, interventional breast biopsy is a safe and effective diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your doctor and to report any unusual symptoms or side effects after the procedure. If you have any concerns or questions about interventional breast biopsy, talk to your doctor.