(Closed) Ever had a breast biopsy? Does it hurt?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it just depends on what kind you have. My mom had one several years ago and she said it was terribly painful. She said she had to lay on her stomach and they were openings for her breasts to hang through and the doctor lifted the table so that he could access her from underneath. She said they deadened the spot they were going to insert the biopsy needle into but she said it hurt like crazy. I actually heard her while I was in the waiting room. I’ve also heard from another friend of mine who’s daughter recently had a biopsy that they were put to sleep at like a day surgery center. I would opt for sedation if at all possible. I really don’t want to scare you but just wanted to share her story.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had one about five years ago after I found a lump in my breast. The first doctor that I went to missed the lump and actually biopsied a vein…it caused a huge bruise, but it wasn’t that painful. I was just really nervous! Maybe it depends on where it is? I laid on my back for the biopsy.

The bad thing was that I ended up having to wait a long time before I could get another biopsy because of the bruising.

The second biopsy I had was with a doctor that came highly recommended at a much more prominent hospital. She basically said that the first doctor had not been careful enough. I would definitely recommend that you make sure you have an experienced doctor. I think that because I was young (21) with no history of breast cancer in my family, they put me with the first available doctor and that was a mistake.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a core needle biopsy last year.  I will admit that I was really, really scared…more of the procedure than of the results.

It wasn’t as bad as I’d feared.  It wasn’t anything I’d want to do again…but it wasn’t the all that painful either.

For mine, I sat on a chair in front of some kind of imaging machine.  There was a nurse/technician that positioned me.  It was really a lot like having a mammogram, but sitting down.  They position your breast with the same kind of plates.  So I was really uncomfortable before it even started…not in pain..but squeezed.  Then the doctor came in and numbed my breast. The numbing injection stung a bit, but wasn’t awful.  The one at the dentist hurts more.

The biopsy itself is fortunately over quickly.  They make an incision on my breast (which I couldn’t feel at all), then pushed the needle (which is big) through the incision.  Once it was in (took like a second to get in), the doctor pressed something on the needle that made it go “thump.”  I’m guessing it was some type of spring-loaded thing that actually takes the sample.  I wasn’t expecting that and it scared me.  Then he pulled it right out.  It took about 3-4 seconds total.  And yes, I could feel it…but it was more like pressure.  It wasn’t really painful, but at the same time, it wasn’t exactly comfortable either. Fortunately, it is SO fast that it was over before I got too panicked.

They put some gauze and tape on the incision and sent me home.  I went back to work…the spot was a bit sore, but it wasn’t unbearable or anything.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@julita:  Keep us updated.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I had one, and it hurt a bit but not a ton.  Its like a bad shot.  Its more scary seeing the needle going in.  You’ll be fine!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I persoanlly have never had one, but I use to be an ultrasound tech, and I know that they were very painful for a lot of the women that had them done. It was part of routine to warn patients that it can be very painful and uncomfortable but they are pretty quick, and well worth it for the peice of mind you get!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

I’ve had both a needle biopsy (easy) and an excisional one (not so easy). I was fully awake for both, one done in the Dr.’s office and one at a surgical center. The excisional was much more invasive, and while not uncomfortable during, afterwards it was pretty sore for several months. I had a drain placed in it as well as several stitches.

I think it depends on the location and how deep it is. Mine was very deep and not easy to access, but it was benign,so I really didn’t care once I got the news.

Good luck…you’ll be fine!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had one last August. It was not painful at all. The Dr put numbing medication on the insertion point and injected numbing all the way through, so I didn’t feel anything but pressure. A nurse kept an ultrasound on me so the Dr could see where he was going. They took around 3 biopsies (you could tell when he was taking one because it made a clicking sound almost like a stapler).

It was more scary than anything, but everyone was really nice. It ended up being a fibroid, but I’m so glad I know for sure instead of wondering.

 

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