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    Rhode Island Hospital

    APC Building

    Providence, RI 02903


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    The Miriam Hospital

    164 Summit Avenue

    Providence, RI 02906


  • Surgical Breast Biopsy

  • A surgical biopsy involves removing part or all of the abnormal breast tissue for examination.

    There are two kinds of surgical biopsies:

    • Incisional biopsy: part of the lump is removed.

    • Excisional biopsy: the whole lump and surrounding margin of normal-looking tissue (the border of tissue around cancer is a certain area) are removed.

    How is it performed?

    A surgical biopsy may be performed in as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and a mild sedative to make you drowsy. If the lump is hard to feel by hand, your surgeon may use needle wire localization to provide guidance. In most cases, your surgeon will try to remove all of the breast mass.