Post Biopsy Care (non-surgical)

Following a core biopsy (stereotactic, ultrasound, MRI guided), it is normal to experience some bruising and tenderness. However, following these instructions should help minimize any discomfort. These instructions help prevent complications and should be followed carefully.

  • You will leave the Hoag Breast Care Center wearing a pressure-wrap bandage (similar to an Ace bandage). The nurse will instruct you to wear the bandage for the next 24-48 hours. If you experience bleeding through your bandage, contact the Hoag Breast Care Center.
  • For the next 24-48 hours, do not engage in strenuous activities, especially those that involve movement of the chest and arms.
  • If you need to take pain medicine during the next 48 hours, use acetaminophen products, such as Tylenol. Do not use aspirin or ibuprofen products, such as Advil or Motrin, as it may increase the risk of bleeding; these products can be resumed 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Do not bathe or shower until the bandage has been removed.
  • You may shower carefully with the Steri-strips in place; not remove the Steri-strips – they will lift up and fall off on their own. This could take up to a week.

Over the next few days, if you develop any signs of infection, such as redness, drainage, fever, severe pain or swelling, contact the Breast Care Center at 949/ 764-5780.

If you take anti-anxiety medication prior to your procedure, you must arrange for escorted transportation upon discharge.