Consultants who perform this procedure
Why would I need a vacuum biopsy?
You might undergo a vacuum biopsy if an imaging abnormality was found during a mammogram or breast ultrasound. This could be an indication of breast cancer or of another issue.
When should you speak to your specialist about a vacuum biopsy?
If you have undergone a breast ultrasound or mammogram and an imaging abnormality was found, it might be recommended that you have a vacuum biopsy.
How is a vacuum biopsy performed?
A vacuum biopsy takes approximately 30 minutes and you will be given a local anaesthetic.
During the procedure, the radiologist will make a small incision into your breast and will insert a needle and remove a sample of tissue.
The incision will then be closed with steri strips.
What is the recovery for a vacuum biopsy?
The recovery from a vacuum biopsy can depend on a variety of factors, and you should discuss this with your specialist.
You and your specialist will discuss your plan for recovery and can give you more specific information about what you can expect afterwards prior to your vacuum biopsy.
Are there any risks/complications associated with a vacuum biopsy?
As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.
How can I prepare for a vacuum biopsy?
Before you undergo a vacuum biopsy, you should discuss any questions you have about the procedure or its recovery with your specialist.
Your specialist will advise you of any specific preparations that you should make in advance of your vacuum biopsy.
Are there alternatives for a vacuum biopsy?
Your specialist will decide if there are other tests that might be beneficial to you. These could include:
- Fine needle aspiration
- Needle biopsy
- Punch biopsy
- Wire guided excision biopsy