What is a Biopsy?
A biopsy is a medical procedure in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the body for examination, usually under a microscope. It is used to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer, infections, and other diseases. The sample can be taken from any part of the body, including the skin, organs, or bones, and is typically performed using a needle or other specialized instrument. Biopsies are usually done in a hospital or medical clinic, and the results can take several days to weeks to be available.
Who May Be a Candidate for a Biopsy?
Anyone who has a suspicious growth or lesion on their body or who has a history of cancer may be a candidate for a biopsy. Other factors that may make someone a candidate for a biopsy include:
- Abnormal blood test results
- A family history of cancer
- Certain symptoms or signs, such as unexplained weight loss or persistent pain
- A previous diagnosis of cancer that has returned or spread to another part of the body
- A history of radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
How Long Does the Biopsy Procedure Last?
The oral biopsy procedure typically takes only a few minutes to complete. However, the entire appointment including preparation and post-procedure instructions may last around 30 minutes to an hour.
Are You Ready to Schedule an Appointment?
If you have been experiencing any unusual or concerning oral or facial symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at the Woodlands. Our team of skilled surgeons is here to provide you with top-quality care and support. We offer biopsy procedures to accurately diagnose any potential issues and determine the most effective course of treatment.
If you feel that you may benefit from a biopsy procedure, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve optimal oral and facial health.