Health Education

Patient Care After the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

You may notice some bruising in the area where the needle biopsy was performed. In general, this resolves in 5 to 7 days. If you have bleeding or drainage from the biopsy site or it becomes swollen, red or very painful, please contact us at (860) 246-2071. You may apply ice to the breast to relieve swelling or bruising following the procedure. Most people find that this is useful the first evening after the biopsy is performed. If you have discomfort, you may use Tylenol, two (2) tablets every four (4) hours. You may wish to wear a snug-fitting bra for the first 24 hours after the biopsy. Do not shower until the day after your surgery.

You will have steristrip tapes intact over your breast biopsy. Leave these on until they fall off. Place a new plastic strip (also known as Band-Aids) over these steristrips every day for seven (7) days.

The result of your biopsy will be available in 2 days. You may call us at (860) 246-2071 before then if necessary.

Most women do not find it necessary to restrict their activities following this procedure. As long as you do fell well, you may resume your normal schedule.

We hope that these instructions are helpful to you. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this information, please call us at (860) 246-2071.