What is stereotactic breast biopsy?
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical method of assessing abnormal breast tissue that is detected on a mammogram or ultrasound.
During the procedure, the woman lies on a special mammography table. A mammography machine – a special X-ray machine – helps guide the physician’s instruments directly to the site of the suspicious tissue. Using a thin needle and a small vacuum, one or more samples of tissue are cut and gently removed for analysis. Multiple tissue samples can be withdrawn during a single needle insertion if needed, which minimizes any potential discomfort for the patient.
Patients are awake during the procedure and feel little or no tenderness afterward. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and only a small adhesive bandage is required to cover the incision. Women can generally return to normal activity immediately following the biopsy.
Our experienced team offers the following diagnostic services:
- Digital mammography
- Stereotactic/ultrasound guided biopsy
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Lymphedema management
We offer all these services in the same location, which means enhanced convenience for patients, quicker test results and greater peace of mind.
The procedures will be performed by Dr. Christopher Meyer, a general, vascular and thoracic surgeon in Lake Wales, Dr. Vincent Carifi, a breast surgeon who has an office in Lake Wales, and the hospital’s team of radiologists.
Christopher Meyer, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Meyer opened his surgical practice in Lake Wales on March 2, 2009. General, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery of Polk County, 1120 Carlton Ave., Suite 1500 in Lake Wales. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Meyer attended medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he also had his surgical training. He is board certified and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Prior to coming to LWMC, he practiced in the Orlando area for five years. Dr. Meyer specializes in minimally invasive general surgery, breast surgery, vascular and thoracic surgery.
Vincent Carifi, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.C.S.
Breast Surgeon Vincent Carifi, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.C.S., operates Carifi Breast Care, located at 1137 Druid Circle. Dr. Carifi has been a surgeon in Central Florida for the past 31 years. He has 11 years of experience in lumpectomy Sentinel node mapping and biopsy. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is breast ultrasound certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Additionally, he is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and an affiliate member of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute in Tampa.
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