Re: Has anyone had a wire guided biopsy?
Once you arrive to the hospital on the day of your surgery, you will be taken to the mammography suite in the Radiology Department prior to the surgery.
A technologist will meet with you, explain the procedure, and The radiologist will then enter the room and talk to you about your case and the procedure. The breast will be cleansed and then local anaesthetic given. Then, a needle will be placed into your breast and then a mammogram taken to localize the breast lesion (and the tip of the needle). Many times the needle needs to be repositioned, but you should not feel this. Once the needle tip is successfully placed within the abnormality in question, a flimsy wire is passed through the needle and the needle removed. The wire tip is in the abnormality of question and is used to guide the surgeon to the abnormality. The wire is secured with a bandage and you are then transferred to surgery for the excisional biopsy. As mentioned, your surgeon performs the biopsy. The anesthetic works well for most women and they say that really the most uncomfortable part of the whole procedure is the period some of them have to wait before the operating room is ready for them - they have to lay there with the guide-wire in place and no one likes to lay in the same position for very long. Hopefully, your surgeon will be right on time and your case will go quickly. Your surgery should take about 45 minutes or a bit longer. Good luck to you - let us know your results!