Surgical Excisional Breast Biopsy – Lumpectomy – JFK Medical Center


With more than 200,000 new diagnoses each year, breast cancer stands out as the most common cancer in the U.S. And though this may sound grave, ever-evolving medical technology has granted healthcare professionals the ability to address the issue with a number of preventative surgeries and effective treatments. Two common choices are the surgical excisional breast biopsy and the lumpectomy. Below, we’ll outline the differences between these two procedures, as well as how they work.

Surgical Excisional Breast Biopsy Vs. Lumpectomy

Since both excisional biopsies and lumpectomies involve the extraction of abnormalities from the breast, they might seem like the same operation – but there are differences. An excisional breast biopsy is typically performed as a diagnostic tool to determine whether or not the lump within a breast is actually caused by cancerous cells. A lumpectomy, on the other hand, takes place when a patient has already been diagnosed with cancer, but does not need a mastectomy, the clinical term for the removal of the entire breast.

How Do Lumpectomies And Breast Biopsies Work?

These surgeries are performed with essentially the same process, and it’s relatively straightforward and noninvasive. During a surgical excisional breast biopsy, the surgeon will simply make an incision in the breast and remove the tissue that’s suspected to be cancerous. The same process will take place during the lumpectomy, but this surgery serves as a treatment to eliminate cancer instead of a diagnostic procedure.

The Results

Since these surgeries are quite simple, lumpectomy and excisional biopsy patients are usually released the day of the operation. A combination of local and general anesthesia may be used, so it's advisable to avoid driving directly after a procedure. Additionally, while it’s not always necessary, reconstructive surgery is often an option for patients recovering from a lumpectomy or excisional breast biopsy.

Count On JFK Medical Center

The Breast Center at JFK Medical Center takes your health seriously, and we offer a comprehensive selection of specialized diagnostic services for the convenience and wellbeing of our patients. Schedule your appointment today by giving us a call at (732) 321-7540.