Surgical Breast Biopsy

A surgical biopsy is usually performed at the Outpatient Surgery Center or in one of the hospital's operating rooms.

Typically, a woman will receive sedation (medication to help her feel relaxed and drowsy) before the surgeon makes a small cut in the skin of the breast. He or she removes a small piece of breast tissue in the suspicious area and sends it to a laboratory.

After the biopsies are performed, a pathologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing diseases), examines the sample under a microscope to see if cancer cells are present.

It usually takes three to five business days for your doctor to receive your final pathology results.

More Information

If you have questions or would like to talk to one of the breast health nurses about this procedure, call 706-475-5977 (option 5) or email