I had a stereotactic biopsy yesterday on both breasts due to microcalcifications found on a mammogram. Although I can usually tolerate pain, I was not looking forward to the procedure, mostly becauise I had read some on-line horror stories. So, I wanted to make sure that you and others hear a positive story. Since both breasts were biopsied, I was there for 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The prone table was a little uncomfortable and it was hard to lay still, but I am so glad I did it. The pain was VERY minimal. I felt the lidocaine stick and that was about
it. When the probe was inserted, I could feel sometime happening but no pain. The other breast was the same. When I finished the biopsy, I told the mammographer that I could have driven myself home. When I got home, I was waiting for the pain but it never came. I did not need to take any type of pain reliever. Luckily, the results were benign.
I think the most important factor in this positive experience was finding a very reputable radiologist. My doctor referred me to a women's diagnostic center who does only stereotactic biopsies, ultrasound biopsies, etc. They are very experienced and do this multiple times daily. They were very professional. They let me know during the procedure exactly what was happening and offered multiple opportunities for me to ask questions. They were very thorough and caring.
And, they sent me home with information on what I could expect and even the doctor's night time cell number. I was so impressed. In this day and age, it is difficult to get a doctor's home number.
I would have the stereotactic biopsy. It would be better than 6 months of worrying and it really was not painful at all. It will be a piece of cake compared to having children!