170 Northwoods Blvd. Suite 210
Columbus, Ohio 43235
Phone: (614) 505-7511
Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Office Procedures

> Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
> Stereotactic Needle Biopsy
> Ultrasound-Guided Core Needle Biopsy
> Brachytherapy

Meet the Surgeon

Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello


Meet the Nurse Practitioner

Suzanne Robertson, CNP


Surgical Oncology Associates of Columbus - Columbus Ohio Breast and Oncology Surgery - Dr. Brenda Sickle-Santanello

Ultrasound-Guided Core Needle Biopsy

An ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy is a procedure done to remove several samples of breast tissue that appear abnormal. The tissue sample is then examined in the laboratory for signs of disease.

To Prepare

  • You may eat a light meal at home before your scheduled appointment.
  • Avoid aspirin or aspirin-like medications (ibuprophen, Motrin, etc) for one week before the biopsy.
  • Notify your physician/nurse practitioner if you are on a prescription blood thinner such as Coumadin.
  • You may take your prescription medication the day of the test (except blood thinners).
  • Wear a two piece garment since you will need to remove your clothes from the waist up for the procedure.

What to Expect

  • You will lie on an exam table.
  • The physician/nurse practitioner will place warm gel onto your breast and rub a transducer/probe around to locate the area to be biopsied.
  • A local anesthetic (Lidocaine) will be injected in the breast to numb the skin. The injection feels like a bee sting.
  • We will then remove several samples of tissue with a needle.
  • Pressure is applied over the biopsy site for a few minutes to stop any bleeding.
  • The test takes about 45 minutes for one breast lump. With more than one lump, the test will take longer.

After the Procedure

  • When the procedure is done, steri-strips (paper-like tape) will be applied on the skin incision.
  • You may use an ice pack that fits inside your bra.
  • At home, continue to apply ice to your breast to relieve swelling and reduce bruising. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time with 30 minutes between ice applications. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Bruising may occur at the biopsy site, and should subside within five to seven days.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and lifting over 5 pounds for 24 hours after the test.
  • You may resume your normal daily activities as long as you are doing well.
  • The laboratory will notify your doctor of the biopsy results within 3 to 4 working days.

Call Your Doctor if You Have:

  • Persistent bleeding or drainage.
  • Excessive swelling, redness or warmth at the biopsy site.
  • Pain that becomes severe.

Biopsy Results

  • Your doctor/nurse practitioner will have the biopsy results within 3 to 5 working days. Call your doctor if you have not received the results within 1 week.