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Prime Medical

Biopsies

A biopsy is a medical procedure where a small sample of tissue is removed for examination. Your doctor may recommend a biopsy to diagnose or rule out certain medical conditions, such as cancer, infections, or other abnormalities.
Prime Medical offers various biopsy types, including needle biopsies, surgical biopsies, and minimally invasive procedures. The type of biopsy you need will depend on your specific medical condition.
Your healthcare provider will provide specific instructions for preparation, which can vary depending on the type of biopsy. In general, you may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a certain period before the procedure.
The procedure can vary based on the type of biopsy. Needle biopsies, for example, involve a thin needle inserted through the skin to collect a tissue sample. Surgical biopsies involve making an incision to remove a larger sample.
Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area, so you should not feel pain during the procedure. You may experience mild discomfort or pressure.
Biopsies are generally safe procedures when performed by trained medical professionals. Complications are rare, but your healthcare provider will discuss potential risks with you.
The duration of the procedure varies depending on the type and location of the biopsy. Some may take only a few minutes, while others may take longer.

The tissue sample is sent to a pathology laboratory, where it is examined by a pathologist to make a diagnosis. 

This will depend on how quickly the lab the sample is sent to processes the sample.

You can contact the doctor who ordered the biopsy to get a copy of the results.

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