ADA — Women facing a breast biopsy because of suspicious mammogram findings, or small breast lump, now have an alternative to surgery.

More than 1.6 million breast biopsies are performed each year in the United States, making it one of the most common medical procedures for women. Many women have open surgical biopsies, which can lead to pain, scarring, and breast deformity.

Valley View Regional Hospital spokesperson says the hospital is now offering stereotactic breast biopsy. This procedure according to hospital officials is a minimally invasive procedure that helps doctors accurately diagnose breast abnormalities without a trip to the operating room.

Stereotactic breast biopsy is less costly, less painful, and requires less recovery time than surgical biopsy. Stereotactic breast biopsy is a less than one-hour procedure, according to Valley View Hospital officials. The procedure is done using a local anesthetic. Hospital officials say there is no patient preparation for the procedure, and there is no significant scarring.

Stereotactic breast biopsies are performed in the radiology department with specially designed X-ray equipment that uses multiple coordinates to precisely determine location of a nodule or calcifications so that several tissue samples may be obtained with a needle probe through a tiny incision.

After the biopsy, pressure is held on the site and then covered with a simple dressing. This out-patient procedure usually allows patients to return to their normal routine afterwards as long as strenuous exercise is avoided for 24 hours.

For more information concerning stereotactic breast biopsy, phone Valley View Regional Hospital Mammography Department at (580) 456-7540.VVRH offers state-of-the-art breast biopsy

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