As we get older, we tend to have a better understanding of how to care for our bodies. We may find ourselves getting a biopsy or two at some point in our lives. Some of you might be thinking, “What is a biopsy?” If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to share everything there is to know about having this procedure done. You can never be too careful when it comes to this subject. Before we get into all that jazz, you need to know what it is…
It is a simple way for surgeons and physicians to diagnose the state of your health by examining a piece of tissue. This is a medical procedure that takes place at a doctor’s office or at a local hospital.
The procedure requires that a piece of tissue be removed from your body for testing. Either that or a sample culture of cells need to be extracted from your body to be examined in a laboratory. There are two ways that the tissue or cells can be examined. One way is to view the tissue under a high powered microscope. The other method is through the use of chemicals.
Tissue and cells for biopsies can be done extracted from almost any area of your body. In fact, it’s truly the only surefire diagnostic method that can be done which is able to easily identify the condition of the tissue. In the event that cancerous tissue or cells are present, the biopsy will be able to confirm the current state.
Throughout the world, millions of individuals get biopsies on a daily basis. Some of which are urgent and extremely serious while others are more routine oriented. What’s important to understand is that the diagnosis takes place at the earliest chance possible.
Why Do People Get Biopsies?
Well, there’s a reason for everything and when it comes to biopsies, the reason people get them is to quickly identify whether or not tissue is cancerous. It’s a pretty simple and quick process. For the most part, people are able to identify whether or not they have something cancer related to truly worry about. This can be very helpful given that most people like to have peace of mind and the uncertainty can sometimes dry people nuts.
Also, if you didn’t know, someone can get a biopsy to diagnose just about anything. Here’s a list of the different types of biopsies people get and what can be determined in doing so.
Muscle – A basic muscle biopsy can help identify whether or not a local infection exists within a muscle. It can also easily identify if any defects or diseases exist. Should you have any connective tissue issues or blood vessel problems then you can identify them with a simple muscle biopsy.
Nerve – This can help physicians closely examine the state of a nerve and detect whether or not any damage has occurred. It can also detect whether or not there is inflammation within your nerves.
Liver – The liver biopsy is quite common. This method helps doctors evaluate how much scarring exists within one’s liver. This is also known as cirrhosis of the liver. It can also detect whether or not infections exist and lastly, it can help diagnose if someone has contracted hepatitis C.
Kidney – Pretty self-explanatory at this point but this type of procedure helps determine how badly damaged your kidney might be. It can easily detect whether or not a kidney has failed or has become inflamed.
Skin – Given that this is a skin care website, it only makes sense that I cover this area as well. Skin biopsies are conducted in order to test for changes in one’s skin. It’s quite common for a dermatologist to do a biopsy on moles and other areas of your skin. They do this to test the skin and determine whether or not the skin contains cancerous cells or other infections and diseases.
There are a few different procedures that can be done in order to gather tissue or cells during a routine procedure. They are categorized as one of the following listed below:
It’s common for doctors to use needles to take cell biopsies. This type of needle biopsy is also commonly referred to as a percutaneous biopsy. They literally inject a needle into your body and remove cells or body tissue. The size and type of needle vary depending on the sample that’s needed for the diagnosis.
Some of the procedures use a needle that’s much finer and smaller than the one used to draw blood. This type of needle is known as a fine needle. The good news about this type of procedure is that it can easily gather small amounts of fluid and tissue without too much pain and damage. However, the bad downside to this is that it’s quite common for people to need to get multiple insertions during the procedure due to it not gathering enough fluid and cells.
Another type of needle used in this procedure is the core needle. This is a much larger needle that literally has a hollow core. A column of tissue can be extracted from your body with this needle. This type of biopsy typically requires anesthesia because it’s far more invasive.
If someone needs a deep tissue sample (which is quite common) then other machines and technology are typically used injunction with the needle. For example, they will utilize a CT scan or an MRI to help ensure that the sample extraction goes according to plan.
Open and closed biopsies are just what you think they are. An open biopsy is when tissue is removed from the body during an open surgery. This is done with the use of anesthesia. Closed biopsies remove tissue via a thin flexible tube. This type of biopsy starts by entering the body via the mouth, urinary tract, or rectum. They make a small incision which is less invasive than the “open” method.
Last but not least, skin biopsies! A skin biopsy can remove skin cells from any surface of your body. This is typically done by scraping the cells off the skin. It can also mean extracting a small, even large parts of your skin. Sometimes this requires the use of a specialized instrument to punch a hole in your skin.
What To Do Before Getting One
If you think something is wrong and you want to personally get one of these procedures done, then you need to speak with your doctor. The decision to get this done is really up to your doctor and not just your own decision. Make sure you consult with others before going under the knife or needle.