Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump

(Removal of a Breast Lump)

Summary

An excision biopsy of a breast lump may be performed for the following reasons:

•You may have a lump the doctor would like to have examined to identify if it is benign or cancerous
•A mammogram or ultrasound may show an area of abnormal tissue that needs further investigation
•You may have a benign lump you do not like and wish to have removed as it is uncomfortable
•A previous fine needle aspiration may not have given definitive results

The lump in your breast will be removed through a small incision as close to the lump as possible. If the consultant cannot feel the lump, its whereabouts will be detected through ultrasound or x-ray and a mark will be placed.

By having this procedure your consultant will be able to have your lump examined under a microscope and confirm if it is benign or cancerous. Should it be cancerous, early diagnosis and treatment will increase your chances of a healthy cancer-free future.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

The excision biopsy will be performed under general anaesthetic. You will also have local anaesthetic injections to help numb the pain after the operation. You will be admitted as a day patient. However if there are any concerns KIMS staff will keep a close eye on your recovery and may ask you to stay overnight.

Once under general anaesthetic your consultant will make a small incision through your breast and remove the lump. Dissolvable stitches will then be used to close the cut. The consultant will aim to make the incision as small and as neat as possible. It is normal for the wound to feel a bit lumpy for a few weeks; this usually settles down after about six weeks.

As you are likely to be a day case, it is important you arrange for someone to collect you, settle you back at home and remain with you for several hours. After three to seven days you should be able to return to work and after about ten days you can return to normal activities. During this period it is recommended you do not do anything strenuous or carry out any vigorous exercise.

If you wish to return to work and exercise we advise you discuss this with your consultant or GP. You will require a follow-up appointment within two weeks to discuss results and make sure your wound has healed well.

To find out more

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr Haresh Devalia

    MBBS MS DNB MSc (Cardiff) FRCS (Ed) FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Breast Clinic
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Miss Delilah Hassanally

    BSc (Hons) MSc MBBS FRCS (Eng)

    • Breast Clinic
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Ibrahim Ahmed

    MBChB, CABS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS, (Gen Surgery). 

    • Breast Clinic
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions
  • Mr Mohsin Dani

    MBBS  FRCS (Ed)  MS (General Surgery)

    • Breast Clinic
    • Breast Enlargement
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast uplift
    • Excision Biopsy of a Breast Lump
    • Mastectomy
    • Wide Local Excisions