More than half of the female population will experience the pain, swelling, and discomfort of fibrocystic breasts. This is a condition that is characterized by the development of one, or more, sensitive lump in one or both breasts that can cause cysts to fill with fluid. While fluid in breast cysts is a common condition that is normally associated with menstrual cycles, it can be a persistent, painful situation for some women. Based on the results of your mammogram, ultrasound, or other tests, your Glendora General Surgeon Dr. Elijah Mobley can perform either a fine needle aspiration or a core needle biopsy procedure. A fine-needle aspiration will withdraw fluid from the swollen cysts. If there are solid lumps, the core needle biopsy will withdraw tissue samples that will be examined in a laboratory to determine if the lumps are benign or cancerous.
This procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes to perform. Your general surgeon will numb the area where the needle will be inserted. Once the area is numb, a fine, thin needle, with a syringe is used to drain the cyst, or cysts, of the fluid, and then the needle is withdrawn. Pressure will be placed on the insertion site that will stop any residual bleeding and then a bandage is used to cover the area.
Core Needle Biopsy
This procedure takes about 15 minutes to perform. Your general surgeon will numb the area where the needle will be inserted. Once the area is numb, a small incision is made and the core needle, with a special tip at the end, is inserted into your breast tissue. The surgeon will collect several samples to make sure that the results are accurate. Once the needle is withdrawn, pressure is placed on the incision site to stop any residual bleeding. A bandage is used to cover the incision area.
After Procedure Information
Dr. Mobley will provide you with instructions for after procedure care, when to resume normal activities, and when to make any required follow-up appointments.