Open Biopsy of the Breast

Open breast biopsy (before and after)

In an open breast biopsy, your doctor makes a small cut in the skin and breast tissue to remove a sample of tissue. The sample is examined under a microscope.

Current as of: August 22, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
C. Dale Mercer, MD - General Surgery
Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology

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