What will happen after the breast biopsy?
You will be transferred back to the ward on a theatre trolley and will stay in the ward until the nursing staff are happy to discharge you home which will be no sooner than 2 hours after returning from theatre and may be longer depending on how you are feeling.
Some patients experience slight nausea after anaesthetic and anti-emetics may be offered if required. The nursing staff will also have to inspect the wound at regular intervals and will also monitor vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse.
The nursing staff will also require you to be tolerating diet and fluids and to have walked independently to the toilet in order to pass urine before being discharged into the care of your family or friends. You will not be allowed home by yourself as you are not thought of as responsible until after 24 hours after an anaesthetic.
A district nurse will be arranged for the day after your procedure if required or you will be given dressings and instructions and contact numbers prior to being discharged. You may have sutures (stitches) which do not have to be removed. However if not then instructions will be given to you to give to the district or practice nurse as to the removal of sutures.
The wound can get wet for bathing (preferably shower) after 72 hours. Avoid scented soaps or deodorants coming into contact with your wound for two weeks.
Returning to work or normal duties is up to individual but you should allow yourself at least 2-3 days.
When will I know the result of my breast biopsy?
You will get your results in the clinic and the appointment will be made before you leave the day case unit.