An excisional biopsy may be done if a needle biopsy can not be used, or if a needle biopsy does not give a definite result.
What happens during an excisional biopsy?
During excisional biopsy a surgical knife (scalpel) is used to open the area in question and remove a tissue sample. If the area under examination is small enough, the whole of it may be removed.
An excisional biopsy may be done under a local or general anaesthetic, depending on the position of the area and
how deep it is within your body. If the areas turns out to be benign, you may not need to have any more treatment. If it is cancerous, your consultant will discuss the treatment options with you.
As is the case with a needle biopsy, the sample is sent to the laboratory so that it can be tested. Often a large number of studies will be done even on a very small sample. It can take up to 10 days to get all the results. This can be a worrying time for you, but it is very important that an accurate diagnosis is made so that the most appropriate treatment can be given.
It may help you to talk about your worries with a partner, close friend, relative or counsellor.
If you are having a biopsy for skin cancer, your consultant will remove the area in question as well as a small border of tissue around the area for examination in the lab. Sometimes an additional excision is needed following receipt of your lab results. This is to ensure all cancerous tissue is removed.
67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW
Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX
3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN
4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF
Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN
Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY
Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP
Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG
25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ
Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF
Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF
2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB
Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP
Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP
Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN
Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL
Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW
Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY
Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.
Get in touch
Fill in an enquiry form below or call us
A member of the team will respond to you soon.