Biopsy

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

If you had a fine needle biopsy, you may have soreness at the biopsy site for 1 to 2 days. If you had an open biopsy, you may have soreness at the biopsy site for 3 to 4 days.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • You may resume normal diet and activities as directed.

  • Change bandages (dressings) as directed. If your wound was closed with a skin glue (adhesive), it will wear off and begin to peel in 7 days.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Ask your caregiver when you can bathe and get your wound wet.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increased bleeding (more than a small spot) from the biopsy site.

  • You notice redness, swelling, or increasing pain at the biopsy site.

  • You have pus coming from the biopsy site.

  • You have a fever.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the biopsy site or dressing.

  • You have a rash, have difficulty breathing, or have any allergic problems.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.