Hayes Green Beach offers minimally invasive breast biopsy

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 6, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital will offer a less invasive breast biopsy as an alternative to the traditional surgical biopsy. 

The new procedure is done with a vacuum-assisted Stereotactic Breast Biopsy device. It allows doctors to biopsy suspicious tissue through a tiny incision in less than 15 minutes with an immediate recovery. 

Biopsies are used to obtain a sample of suspicious tissue that is then examined by a pathologist.

Studies show biopsies performed using a Stereotactic procedure are as reliable at determining if a woman has breast cancer as open surgical biopsies.

"HGB prides itself on providing patients complete breast health care with a team of providers that will work with them throughout their treatment plan," said HGB Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Hillary. "We’re very excited to offer these advanced services to women in our community. Our goal is to be sure patients don’t have to spend time worrying about a suspicious finding on a mammogram. We want them to have access to all options, including stereotactic breast biopsy and biopsy results, as soon as possible."

During the procedure, the doctor places a probe through a small incision about the size of a match head. Using ultrasound or x-ray imaging, the doctor can accurately pinpoint the suspicious tissue and gently vacuum, cut and remove it for further examination. The procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes and the patient can immediately return to normal activity.

The leading cause of physician delay in diagnosing breast cancer is wrongly assuring women that breast lumps are benign without performing a biopsy according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Mammograms are often not enough to make a definitive diagnosis about a suspicious lump.

Patients should consult their doctors to see which type of breast biopsy procedure is best for their situation.

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has been the community’s choice for health care for more than 75 years. HGB is committed to working together in health to provide quality care and enhance the vitality of the community. It has expanded its vision beyond providing traditional hospital services to one that promotes health and well-being through AL!VE. Learn more about HGB at www.hgbhealth.com and AL!VE at www.myalive.com.