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The use of minimally invasive breast biopsy procedures is the current standard of care for any person with abnormal breast imaging. When an abnormality is seen on a screening mammogram, a breast biopsy may be performed to remove tissue to be examined for signs of breast cancer or other disorders. Minimally invasive procedures are non-surgical methods of assessing a breast abnormality. They can be performed with local anesthesia which results in a reduced recovery time (compared to traditional surgical biopsy), little to no discomfort and a return to normal activities after 24 hours for most patients.
Stereotactic and Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy are two minimally invasive options.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
For this procedure, the patient lies face down on the biopsy table with the breast requiring biopsy positioned through an opening in the table. The procedure is performed by your surgeon once the targeted area is seen under stereotactic guidance using a Vacuum-assisted needle. The average time you will remain on the table is around 45 minutes. During the procedure it will be very important for you to remain still, as movement can affect the targeting that is involved in the biopsy.
Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
With ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, ultrasound imaging is used to help guide surgeon to locate the abnormality in the breast. The guidance of ultrasound is used to perform a minimally invasive biopsy. The patient lays face up on the examination table or turned slightly to the side.
American Society of Breast Surgeons Certification
The American Society of Breast Surgeons recognizes the leading role of Surgeons as providers of clinical expertise in management of patients with breast abnormalities. The Society established a Certification process for individual surgeons who demonstrate a dedication to quality patient care and public safety through adherence to established standards of performance and training in breast stereotactic biopsy and ultrasound techniques.
Dr. Niru Anne at Lourdes Women’s Health Center, is one of nine surgeons in New York State to obtain Breast Stereotactic Biopsy Certification from the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She is one of only 17 surgeons in New York State to obtain Breast Ultrasound Certification from the American Society of Breast Surgeons.