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OK,so has anyone experience of 'excision biopsy'? Wondering just how horrible this is going to be...

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Day unit, general anaesthetic (and going to my mum's overnight for recovery and pampering) - but how long will my poor abused tit hurt for, and will I have to stop work (ie no lifting and lugging things) for more than a couple of days?

digerd Sat 02-Feb-13 11:09:59

You should have had a written list of dos and don'ts and an explanation of what the biopsy entails and how it will affect you, from the hospital.

Furball Sat 02-Feb-13 12:48:48

SGB - I've followed you from the other thread - I've no knowledge or experience but just wanted to say am thinking of you and sending best wishes.

RooneyMara Sat 02-Feb-13 13:03:12

Hi SGB, is this for a skin related thing or something else?

It will be sore, from what I know. It might also be a bigger scar than you are expecting and the stitches will look ugly for a while.

You should take a few days initially and see how you go - you might find you can start work again after that, but definitely avoid lifting anything much for at least a week or two to give it time to heal properly.

Everyone I've spoken to who has had an excision has said it was pretty sore. I think you'd rather me be honest yes? So you can prepare.

Best of luck and it's good they are doing this if it's a skin issue, other sorts of biopsy can lead to difficulty with diagnosis and/or prognosis etc. if there turns out to be a problem.

Take care x

Rooney: It's a breast lump. I have had two needle biopsies; the first one was 'fine' and they said, oh, we'll do a final ultrasound check in three months. So I went back for the ultrasound and they went 'Hmm, think we will do another needle biopsy, just to check' and when I went back for the results it was 'Oh, right, we're going to remove this lump and have another look at it, we'll have you in very soon and by the way you'll need someone to look after you...'

Sorry, jabbering in a bit. Yes, OK, I am scared shitless. Even though I know that 80% of these lumps are just lumps and a bit annoying and all that...

RooneyMara Sat 02-Feb-13 16:45:37

YY Solid I'd be scared too. Tis normal. And it sounds a right faff all this coming and going.

You're right it's a low probability it's anything nasty and if it is, mostly that can be sorted too - I'll keep everything crossed for you.

digerd Sat 02-Feb-13 16:53:19

I read on another thread that if a biopsy of any lumpis inconclusive, it it usually removed for thorough testing. They didn't give you much info. Perhaps they will give you more after the op plus written instructions of what you must or must not do.
Is DM picking you up from the hospital.? You will be in good hands being pampered by her.
Good Luck

IamtheZombie Sat 02-Feb-13 16:59:49

SGB, you may or may not be aware that I'm being treated for breast cancer. I've had a mastectomy, chemo, radio, the lot.

Just over 20 years ago I was diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ) in the other breast. I had two excisions. Because I was "only 40" at the time of diagnosis they didn't really think the specks that showed on my mammogram (there was no palpable lump) would be cancerous so they were a bit too conservative during the first excision therefore I needed a second one 6 weeks later. I was an inpatient for 2 - 3 days for both excisions. I don't recall any great pain or discomfort following either. I probably did take it easy for a couple of weeks following both but it didn't really affect my ability to do most things. Frankly, the after effects of the general anaesthesia may have the most impact on you. As far as going back to work, that really depends on what your work involves.

Fast forward to my mastectomy 14 months ago. This was obviously a much more major operation! Yet again, I was still only in hospital for 2 - 3 days. I had no real pain or discomfort and the only pain relief I was given was paracetamol and ibuprofen. I probably could have got away without taking anything. Because they had also removed a couple of lymph nodes to check for spreading I was told to be careful about lifting etc. But I was back to all normal activities within about a week.

I hope it all goes well for you.

Oh Zombie, poor you, and thanks for sharing your story. I am 48 by the way which is perhaps why they are being a bit thorough now. Hope all goes well for you as well.

paddyclamp Sun 03-Feb-13 17:03:55

I've also had a DCIS and it treated by excision biopsies - they had to go in twice because as IamtheZombie says there is no lump, just cells!

The biopsies were fine, i was in and out on the same day. Thankfully didn't react badly to the anaesthetic was just a bit tired... Was a bit sore for a few days that's all!

IamtheZombie Wed 13-Feb-13 00:40:57

SGB, I think I saw you post on another thread that today is the day of your surgery.

I hope it all goes well for you.

Yup, duly chopped and sent home. It really wasn't as horrible as I expected and all I feel today is mildly hungover and mildly uncomfortable. I have to see the GP next week for the dressing/stiches to be removed and will be sent an appointment within a fortnight for results. Feel quite optimisitc, though isn't hospital boring? Especially when they have confiscated your book and requests for something to read only net you fecking Hello magazine...

IamtheZombie Thu 14-Feb-13 18:39:23

I'm glad it's behind you and you're OK. I shall now cross my fingers for a clear biopsy report.

Yes, hospital is boring. I'm convinced that hospitals must exist on some parallel time line where our minutes are their hours. Why on earth did they confiscate your book? As for offering you Hello magazine, well, words fail me.

Well it wasn't specifically the book: I had to put all my belongings (apart from slippers and dressing gown) into a crate which was then locked and stored safely, when I went to the operating theatre. Then, after surgery, I was in the recovery room for about 2.5 hours, partly because there were no beds in the recovery ward, and after a while I asked if I could have something to read. And all they could offer was Hello, but I was polite and grateful because it was better than staring at the ceiling...

And now I have to go and ask the GP about my bloody finger which has a Wierd Lump... still, as I have to go to GP for dressing removal/stitch removal will ask then.

NamelessHereForEvermore Thu 14-Feb-13 22:42:46

Good wishes for a speedy recovery SGB. Was in for a barrage of tests myself today and I so feel your pain about Hello magazine! I was given that and Woman's Weekly. It's a whole other world in there!

CoteDAzur Thu 14-Feb-13 22:44:46

Get well soon, SGB.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Fri 15-Feb-13 00:47:38

Fingers and everything crossed for you SGB.

Sneaking back on here for a bit of a grump; the healing cut is uncomfortable today: I think the stitches or whatever are pulling (not allowed to take the dressing off till Friday). And I am supposed to be sorting out dance bookings for the summer ie whether or not I can dance at various festivals. I feel such a berk going, 'Well I don't know, it depends on the test results.' Because I just can't quite say 'Oh book me in', and then have to go, 'Sorry, will be all bald and puking from chemo...'

(Yes I know I am being thoroughly whiiny and self-indulgent. I feel perfectly well and 80% of lumps are nothing to worry about. It's just the not knowing...)

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Tue 19-Feb-13 10:35:39

I think in the circumstances self-indulgent is exactly what you should be.
It doesn't sound like whining either, it sounds like worry and frustration which no-one could blame you for.
Sorry you're so uncomfortable.
Sending you (((hugs))) smile

IamtheZombie Tue 19-Feb-13 10:44:33

((((( Hugs ))))) from me as well, SGB.

Yes, the not knowing is the worst part. Have you had your appointment through for getting your results?

Yes, 28th ie next Thursday. So I keep telling myself that there can't be much to worry about or they would have called me in sooner...

IamtheZombie Tue 19-Feb-13 15:43:17

Well, Zombie will hold your hand while you wait.

Thank you Zombie. I had the most gorgeous afternoon out with DS today, walking in the woods and spotting snowdrops, then going on to the park so he could romp in the playground. ANd most of the time I was just enjoying the spring sunshine and everything, except for those tiny moments when a little voice in the back of my mind kept reminding me.

Oh, and that MacMillan advert was on the telly at lunchtime, and DS said 'Mummy, what's cancer?' I managed to be very calm and say that it was a nasty illness that some people got and that many of them got better - I have not suggested to him in any way that I might have it, we've gone no further than Mummy having a 'poorly bit on her boob that the doctors removed'.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 20-Feb-13 08:19:27

Well done staying calm, that was brave.
I guess it will seem like a very long week.

weegiemum Wed 20-Feb-13 08:26:15

Just sending you best wishes for next week SGB. I'm sure you're right, if it was worrisome they'd have called you in earlier. I do love the idea of you dancing at festivals!

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 20-Feb-13 08:38:22

Just wanted to give you an idea SGB as to how long you will be sore and brusied for. I had core biopsies two weeks ago tomorrow, my consultant does not believe you need a GA for them so they were done under local anaesthetic in my lunch hour!
So my Boob still has fresh bruising arriving on the surface two weeks later and is still sore when I do something a bit strenuous. The steristrip stitches came off on Saturday - I am a vet so I was allowed to do them myself.
I have told only 3 people in RL and my DD doesn't even know I have been to the doctors. I was told if it was all okay I would get a phone call at 7 days and if it wasn't I would get the plan at the 3 week clinic appointment - I guess I am getting a plan. The waiting is the worst bit for me I can cope with anything once I have a plan.

Oh Lonecat, poor you. I know exactly what you mean about having a plan. Once you know what's going on, you can adapt to it, but when you don't know, you get kind of frozen in place. On the one hand it's like, oh forget it, won't be anything to worry about, big fuss about nothing, and then you spin back to, what's going to happen if I'm really ill, who will look after DC, is this my last spring?

Mind you, I think your HCPs are a bit unfeeling to tell you that if you haven't heard in 7 days then you should basically take that as bad news!

Oh SGB, how scary. You too, Lonecat. I'll be thinking of you. It is indeed the not knowing that is so awful.

I'm back for another whine. This is an extra whine and of course I'm being silly, only no one's saying don't be silly. Basically, tits is one thing but I also have a Wierd Lump on my hand. And when I went to the GP practice nurse to have the biopsy dressing removed and the cut inspected etc, I asked about the lump on my hand, and she prodded it a bit and said that actually the doctor should see it. And I said to her that Google was a terrible frightener and I was sure it wasn't anything and all that but, erm, sarcomas, and she didn't say don't be so silly. And it's not a zit and it's not a pluke and it's not a chilblain and it's not a callous, and it's a thing and it makes my whole hand hurt and it's growing, and I already have a suspiciosly lumpy tit.
ANd I'm going to fucking die, aren't I?

SOrry sorry sorry, just ranting after some booze.

IamtheZombie Sun 24-Feb-13 12:23:39

Oh, SGB. (((((Hugs)))))

Deep breath. One step at a time. Do you have an appointment with the GP? If it's growing quickly, it is far more likely to be a cyst of some kind.

I really do understand how hard it is not to worry, but please try. When you are under investigation or treatment for breast cancer you suddenly become hyper-aware of absolutely everything about your body.

Just keep holding my hand.

sgb do you want to nip over to the tamoxifen thread for some more handholding ? you'd be be very welcome (waves to lonecat)

Feeling less paranoid this morning as there's only 4 more days to wait for results. And I will be seeing the GP on the 8th about the finger-lump.
MaryAnnS, thanks for the invite, I've been sort of thinking I'd wait till I know before joining the thread IYSWIM.

whenever you feel the need sgb -we have several people waiting for results and whatnot smile

Update: All clear, it was a cyst of some kind and harmless, and has been completely removed. Immense relief and going to have a stiff drink later. Thanks everyone for support and good wishes.

Flisspaps Thu 28-Feb-13 16:57:01

Really pleased to hear that SGB wine

CoteDAzur Thu 28-Feb-13 16:58:06

Really pleased for you, SGB. Here, have a wine

yay !!!!!!

lougle Thu 28-Feb-13 17:33:31

Well if you're going to have a suspisciously lumpy boob, that's the best lumpy bit to have grin

Congratulations, SGB.

Woo hoo!!

IamtheZombie Thu 28-Feb-13 21:15:32

That's great news, SGB. I'm really pleased for you.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 04-Mar-13 01:26:26

Oh, fantastic news!
Sorry a bit late blush

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