Breast Biopsy & Surgery

Breast Surgery for Wilson, NC

Wilson Surgical Associates has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of breast cancer including breast surgery and breast biopsies for Wilson, NC. A general surgeon at Wilson Surgical Associates is skilled in using the latest techniques available. We work closely with reconstructive physicians to provide our patients with the best and most comprehensive care possible.

Common Breast Surgery & Biopsy Treatments

Breast Biopsy

Each type of biopsy has pros and cons. The choice of which type to use depends on your situation. Some of the things your doctor will consider include how suspicious the tumor looks, how big it is, where it is in the breast, how many tumors there are, other medical problems you might have, and your personal preferences.
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

In fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB), the doctor (a pathologist, radiologist or surgeon) uses a very thin needle attached to a syringe to withdraw (aspirate) a small amount of tissue from the suspicious area. This tissue is then looked at under a microscope. The needle used for FNAB is thinner than the ones used for blood tests.

Core Needle Biopsy

A core needle biopsy (CNB) is much like an FNAB. A slightly larger hollow needle is used to withdraw small cylinders (or cores) of tissue from the abnormal area in the breast. CNB is most often done in the doctor’s office with local anesthesia (you are awake but your breast is numbed). The needle is put in 3 to 6 times to get the samples, or cores. This takes longer than an FNAB, but it’s more likely to give a clear result because more tissue is taken to be checked. CNB can cause some bruising, but usually does not leave scars inside or outside the breast.
Mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely.

A mastectomy is usually carried out to treat breast cancer. In some cases, women and some men believed to be at high risk of breast cancer have the operation prophylactically, that is, as a preventive measure. It is also the medical procedure carried out to remove breast cancer tissue in males. Alternatively, some patients can choose to have a wide local excision, also known as a lumpectomy, an operation in which a small volume of breast tissue containing the tumor and a surrounding margin of healthy tissue is removed to conserve the breast.
Lumpectomy (aka: tylectomy) is a common surgical procedure designed to remove a discrete lump, usually a malignant tumor or breast cancer, from an affected woman’s or man’s breast. As the tissue removed is usually limited and the procedure relatively non-invasive, compared to a mastectomy, a lumpectomy is considered a viable means of “breast conservation” or “breast preservation” surgery with all the attendant physical and emotional advantages of such an approach.
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