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Excisional Biopsy to Evaluate a Mass or Cyst


Description of your surgery

Before your surgery

On the day of your surgery

After your surgery

Your Follow-up care




Excisional biopsy removes tissue from the abnormal area.  We send the tissue for testing.


1.  After reporting to the reception desk, we will escort you to the pre-operative care area where you will change. 

2.  You will speak with an anesthesiologist at that time and receive an IV.

3.  We will move you to an operating room where your surgeon will anesthetize the area once the area has been washed with soap.  The surgeon will remove the abnormal tissue and sent it to pathology for further examination.  

4. The surgeon will close your incision dissolvable sutures, which are under the skin and dissolve on their own.  They incision will be bandaged.

5. You will then be brought to the recovery area where your family may you. If you received anesthesia, you will be able to leave after you are fully awake and able to take liquids.  

6. You will learn how to take care of your incision before you leave the hospital.

7.  The risks with this surgery include bleeding and infection, which your surgeon will have discussed with you in the office.


Before Your Surgery



You may need pre-testing when your surgery is scheduled in the Day Stay Unit.



  • You will be called the week before your surgery by a nurse from the Anesthesia Department. She will ask you questions to determine if you need any pre-testing or need to speak with the anesthesiologist.
  • Your pre-tests are scheduled for

Day _________ Date __________ at  _______  am  pm


On the day of your pre-testing:

Report to Baystate Medical Center

                Chestnut Surgery Building

                759 Chestnut Street.

Use valet parking if parking is difficult.

Call our office at 413-794-4262:  

  • If you have a emergency.
  • If you have questions.
  • If you are getting sick.  (We may need to postpone your surgery.)


The night before your surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight (includes no gum or hard candy).


The Day of Your Surgery


Your surgery is scheduled for:


Day ___________  Date ____________


Arrival time* ___________


*Arrival time is 1½ hours before your 

surgery is scheduled. 


On the day of your surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything (no gum or hard candy).
  • Unless otherwise instructed, take your normal   medications with just a sip of water.
  • If you are having breast surgery, wear or bring a supportive bra. You will need to wear this bra when you go home. The bra will provide support that will decrease the amount of bruising and pain.
  • Do not wear fingernail polish or makeup.
  • Report to: 

      Chestnut Surgery Building

759 Chestnut Street  (valet parking is available)


        Hospital staff will escort you to:

Operating Room at __________ AM  PM

  • After your surgery, you will be sore.
    • Arrange for someone to drive you home.   ____
    • You may drive yourself home.  ____              


Your Test Results

We will have the test results (pathology report) on your biopsy in about one week. Your doctor will discuss your test results with you at your follow-up visit.


After Your Surgery



Call us immediately at 413-794-4262 if you have any of the following:

  • Redness, pus, or enough blood to soak the bandage at the incision.
  • Severe pain that will not go away after taking your pain medicine.
  • Temperature over 101.5°F.



  • Driving. We do not recommend you drive until after you are evaluated by your doctor during your follow-up visit.
  • Activity. Avoid activities that  increase movement to the area.
  • Pain. Some pain is normal. You will receive a prescription for a strong narcotic pain medicine. If you prefer a milder pain medicine, take 2 extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4 to 6 hours. During the first 48 hours, avoid medicines that can cause bleeding (like aspirin or Motrin).
  • Clothing.   If you have breast surgery, wear a bra at all times during the first 48 hours after surgery. This prevents movement that causes pain and bleeding.
  • Showering. You may shower 48 hours after your surgery. (Remove the outer bandage first; afterwards, pat dry.)
  • Sleeping. Avoid sleeping on the side of your operation since this may cause more swelling.
    Wear your bra if applicable.
  • Bruising. Bruising is normal. This will go away over a couple of weeks. 
  • Swelling. If your breast feels swollen, you may place an ice pack over the incision.


Your Follow-Up Care


Checking Your Incision. A little blood on the bandage is normal. If the bandage becomes soaked with blood or other fluids, please call our office immediately.


Removing Your Bandage. Unless otherwise directed, you may remove the outer bandage
24 hours after surgery. When you remove the bandage, there will be a row of small white tapes directly on the incision.  Please, do not remove these strips of tape before your follow-up visit with your doctor.


Keeping Your Incision Clean. After you remove the bandage, you may get the incision area wet (48 hours after surgery). Pat the incision dry.

Do not take  baths that would soak the area until after you have been evaluated by your doctor during your follow-up visit.

Occasionally, you may notice a hardened area where the tissue was removed. This is normal. As the area heals it first becomes hard, then softens over the next several months.




Please call 413-794-9338 to schedule 

a follow-up visit with your doctor.

   Day _________ Date __________ at  ____ am  pm

On the day of your appointment:

Report to Baystate Medical Center
Comprehensive Breast Center

3400  B  Main Street