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Breast Biopsy Discharge Instructions

You have had a BIOPSY today of your breast.  It is normal to have tenderness and bruising at the biopsy site.  If painful, you may take regular or extra strength acetaminophen (Tylenol) but not aspirin, as it can interfere with blood clotting.  Ice on the site is helpful to reduce bruising and a bra may be worn at night to restrict movement of the breast.

The following list of guidelines is provided for your safety:

1.  If you experience any of the following symptoms please seek medical attention immediately.

  • acute or sudden shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • sudden increase of pain at the biopsy site
  • sudden sweating and light–headedness

2.  Heavy lifting is not recommended after the biopsy and normal activities may resume the next day, unless
     otherwise instructed.

3.  Do not shower or bathe the same day following the breast biopsy. If you have a gauze dressing, remove it
      the next morning and then you may
shower or bathe. Gently pat the area dry. If you have a Steri-strip on the
      biopsy site and that starts to curl at the ends you may then remove it. This strip may definitely be removed
      within 7 days.

 NOTE: To obtain the results arrange for a follow-up appointment with doctor in 7-10 days.


This information is to be used for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition

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