After Care for Breast Core Biopsy
For Correctional Facility Patients
Your biopsy results should be ready within a week. The provider who ordered the exam will give you
Care of the site
▪ Apply ice to the area for 20-30 minutes, at least 3 times the day of the biopsy and then as needed.
This will help to reduce swelling and pain.
▪ Wear a good support bra for 24-48 hours. A sports bra works well.
▪ You may remove the gauze bandage the next day. The thin strips of tape will loosen and come
off on their own in about 7 -10 days. If they are still in place after 7 days, you may gently peel
▪ You may shower the next morning.
Signs of infection
If any of these symptoms occur, tell your facility nurse.
▪ Temperature over 100.4 θ F for two readings taken 4 hours apart.
▪ Significant swelling, firmness, or warmth.
▪ Increased redness.
▪ Pus around the site.
▪ Heavy bleeding from the site. Bleeding continues to soak the gauze even after applying ice and
holding pressure over the site for 15 minutes.
You may have some discomfort and bruising. It should go away in 5-7 days. For comfort, you may
take Tylenol for the first 24 hours, if you do not have liver problems. You may resume taking aspirin
or ibuprofen 24 hours after the biopsy (if no signs of bleeding) or as directed by your provider.
Avoid vigorous arm movements and heavy lifting for the first 24 hours. You may resume your normal
routine the next day.
If you take Coumadin , aspirin, or other blood thinners, you may resume these 24 hours after the biopsy
(if no signs of bleeding) or as directed.
If you took an anti-anxiety medicine before this procedure, do not drive for 6 hours. Do not
drink alcohol, take a muscle relaxant, or mood-altering medicines for 24 hours.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical
advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are
different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an
emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 11/2015 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved.
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