What is a biopsy?
A biopsy is a procedure that takes a sample of tissue or fluid, or a growth of cells from your body. Your healthcare provider sends this sample to a laboratory to be tested and uses the test results to help diagnose a condition or disease. Biopsies are used to test for cancer, to diagnose other disorders, or to see if you are a match for an organ transplant.
What are the benefits?
A biopsy will not cure a disease or disorder, but it can help your healthcare provider diagnose problems. If you are diagnosed with a disease like cancer, your provider can examine the test results to decide on the best treatment for you.
After the Procedure
After the doctor has taken the sample, they will do the following:
- Close the wound with stitches (if needed) to help it heal faster.
- Protect the wound with bandages to prevent infection and aid healing.
- Send your biopsy sample to a medical laboratory for testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I know the results?
You will receive your results in 2 – 10 days, depending on the sample and tests.