Hi, I had this last month. You can't actually see what they are doing as your boob is in the mammogram machine and you are looking away. You basically have a mammogram and they mark the place where they're going to biopsy with a pen. You stay in the mammogram machine all the time.Then they put in local anaesthetic into the path of the biopsy, nick the skin to get the needle guide in and then they use a cross between a mini drill and Hoover to take about ten samples. I didn't feel anything but it sounded quite horrible! They then mark the biopsy with a little titanium rod which can be seen in future mammograms. Then they take more pictures and finally release you. Mine took about half an hour with two mammographers because I moved breathed a little and they had to start again...then it is dressed with steristrips and a large plaster which you leave on for three days, steristrips for five. Mine oozed a lot and formed a hard clot type bruise but it turned out I had a benign blood vessel tumour, so not surprising really! I've got a small scar which I think will heal.
They couldn't get at it from the side the density and calcifications are, so they had to go from the other side - right through the width of my breast. The actual procedure took one hour twenty minutes and they could only get the calcifications - the area of density was too tricky to get.
On the positive side, the doctor was lovely and I was given my appointment for results next Tuesday before I left them.
They will rethink the area if denser tissue and how to biopsy it. She reassured me that it would be addressed.
That sounds like a nasty experience hope they won't need to do that again
Thanks. It gets to the point when you want a diagnosis, it's worse worrying about lots of possibilities, rather than just dealing with one thing and the treatment. A CT has ruled out quite a lot already though and I know there are plenty of people in much worse situations.
Doctor thinks that the 8mm area of density is normal a "young woman's" (hah!, I'm 40!) glandular tissue as it spread gradually under pressure. It will however be discussed at the MDM on Friday and she will call me Tuesday afternoon to confirm that everyone agrees. If this is the case I am happy to trust her.
I am also having discharge from both nipples. I thought it was left over milk but as I finished feeding DS 15 months ago she wants it checked out (I dripped all over the mammogram machine). Again MDT will decide but it'll probably be a blood test - didn't think to ask what to test for am refraining from Dr Google..