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For many women across Sampson County, having to receive a yearly mammogram can be stressful, but when that woman has to endure further testing because of those mammogram results, it only makes the situation that more uncomfortable.
Sampson Regional Medical Center recently introduced a minimally-invasive breast biopsy procedure designed to offer physicians a more accurate sampling of breast tissue from a suspected abnormality found on a mammogram.
SRMC general surgeon D. Mariana Mendible is finding the new procedure to be very beneficial, allowing patients to have the procedure done and return to their normal activities on the same day.
“This procedure is extremely beneficial to patients,” Mendible said. “Patients who come to us have recently had a mammogram with a detected abnormality showing.”
According to Mendible, Stereotactic breast biopsy is the standard of care for biopsy of mammographic micro calcification clusters and mammographic abnormalities not visualized on a breast ultrasound.
“We have expanded our women’s services to add this minimally invasive option to our patients to help better sample suspected abnormalities of the breast and reach a prompt and accurate diagnosis,” Mendible said.
While there are many benefits to the procedure, patients are finding that what is a scary situation is easier than the old way of completing biopsies.
“This is a very scary time for a patient to go through,” Mendible shared. “We are able to obtain a sampling of the breast tissue in a minimally invasive way that requires no open surgery, no general anesthesia or sedation, no stitches and allows the patient to recover almost immediately.”
During the procedure, Mendible said the biopsy is completed by using a computer to guide a needle to a breast abnormality. The computer uses stereo-imaging to take two images of the breast to produce a three-dimensional location coordinate of the breast abnormality, which the needle is then inserted to retrieve a tissue sample. This procedure is less invasive than the previously completed surgical biopsy, leaving little or no scarring on the patient. The procedure is much faster, typically taking no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
The procedure allows the patient to return to regular activities on the same day of the procedure.
According to Mendible, once the procedure is complete, a pathologist will review the sampling and the results are returned to the surgeons within a week.
“With any discovery of cancer, early detection is key so the patient may have the best prognosis,” Mendible said. “Stereotactic breast biopsy provides an extremely accurate result, through a simple and safe procedure for the patient.”
For more information about stereotactic breast biopsy please call the diagnostic center at 910-592-2689 or the surgical services clinic at 910-596-6113.
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