Also called: Oral biopsy
Small biopsies require a small piece of tissue to be removed from the body in order to examine it for disease. These tissue samples can be taken from any part of the body and then examined by a pathologist.
Biopsies are most often used to diagnose abnormal-appearing tissues to assure that they do not represent tumors and cancers. They are also used to identify other conditions such as bone infections and autoimmune disorders.
There are various types of biopsies. The type of biopsy you receive is based on what your doctor wants to explore. Some biopsies involve removing a small amount of tissue with a needle. Others involve surgically removing an entire lump or suspected tumor.
In addition, there are two main categories of surgical biopsies:
Patient preparation depends on the type of biopsy they are receiving. A biopsy can be a simple, outpatient procedure that is completed at a doctor’s office. It can also be an invasive surgery that will require hospitalization.
Recovery will vary based on the type of biopsy performed. For less invasive procedures, there is little to no recovery time. Patients are able to immediately return to regular activities. Some surgical biopsies require the patient to be observed after the procedure. This may include staying at the hospital for recovery. After-care of the location from where the tissue was removed is necessary following any biopsy. Your doctor should be contacted immediately if any signs of infection or bleeding are noticed. Biopsy results are typically ready within four to ten days after the procedure.
The best thing to do is discuss what you should expect before, during and after surgery with your doctor to better prepare yourself. When discussing the biopsy procedure with your doctor, consider asking these questions:
The practices below offer this specialty care. Select a practice that best meets your budget and availability for appointments.
Our clinic helps with medical issues of the soft tissue of the mouth. Top services: Treatment of canker sores, oral lesions, Candidiasis and Sjogren's Syndrome.
Average Cost: Equal to private practice
Appointment Time: Equal to private practice
Education: Specialists who also teach at the School of Dentistry