Being told you need to have a biopsy can fill your mind with dread, but in reality, it can shed light on your symptoms to better set your mind at ease. The OB/GYN experts at Mott Women Healthcare in New York City perform biopsies at the office. If you need a gynecological biopsy, call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Your OB/GYN at Mott Women Healthcare could recommend a biopsy after you’ve completed your annual gynecological examination. The biopsy would be suggested based on your personal health concerns or something that was discovered during your examination.
The three most common gynecological biopsies include:
A breast biopsy would be recommended after a mammogram has discovered a lump in your breast. During the biopsy, all or some of the abnormal tissue would be removed.
A cervical biopsy would be recommended if the results of your Pap or human papillomavirus (HPV) test were abnormal. The tissue taken during a cervical biopsy is examined for abnormalities that can indicate early signs of cervical cancer.
Also referred to as an endometrial biopsy, this screening would be recommended if you’re experiencing abnormal bleeding or bleeding after menopause.
A biopsy is a procedure your OB/GYN conducts at the office under most conditions. Your OB/GYN at Mott Women Healthcare will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your biopsy and what to expect, as each biopsy is different and individualized based on your personal needs.
Local or general anesthesia will be used to ease discomfort, depending on the site and reason for your biopsy.
Once the sample is obtained, your OB/GYN places it in a special container and sends it to the lab for testing.
Recovery after your biopsy depends on the type of anesthesia used. If you need only a numbing agent, you can usually go home soon after the biopsy is completed. If you need general anesthesia, your OB/GYN will require you to stay in the recovery room for monitoring.
After a cervical or uterine biopsy, you can experience some bleeding and the need to wear a sanitary pad. Tampons are generally not recommended due to the risk of infection.
Your OB/GYN will provide you with specific instructions on when you can resume your usual activities. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to ease any discomfort.
If you need a gynecological biopsy, the OB/GYN experts at Mott Women Healthcare can help. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.