When someone hears an abnormality, like a lump, was found on their mammogram it can bring a tidal wave of emotions and questions. Fortunately the field of breast care has made significant advancements over the last 10 years. Treatments have become more abbreviated, better tolerated, and less invasive with faster recovery times. During this uncertain time, it’s valuable to have the reassurance of support on your side.
Dr. Greg Gerrish and I at Prairie Lakes General Surgery Clinic can provide support and services in Watertown that can get you in fast, sometimes the same day. We are trained to perform procedures with the most advanced techniques. This includes minimally invasive breast biopsies. Many women have a breast biopsy to determine if an abnormality is cancerous.
A minimally invasive breast biopsy is when a needle is used to collect tissue samples. An imaging device is used to locate the abnormality or lump during the procedure. Patients can many times be in and out of the clinic within one hour for an evaluation and biopsy. The results are then analyzed at the hospital’s lab for quick results. Benefits of minimally invasive breast biopsies include little to no scarring and an early diagnosis.
It is important to remember to take care of yourself and know physicians in Watertown are here to support you. Receiving a call that they “saw something” on your mammogram can be frightening. If this happens to you or a loved one, know that most women who have a breast biopsy are not diagnosed with cancer and that services are available close to home.