Vacuum Assisted Breast Biopsy in Mumbai

A vacuum-assisted breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to take tissue samples or remove non-cancerous lesions in the breast.

Dr. Garvit Chitkara, a leading breast cancer surgeon in Mumbai, is an expert in this advanced biopsy technique. He has more than a decade of experience in breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic breast surgery, and genetics.

He often recommends vacuum-assisted excision biopsy in Mumbai to patients for scarless removal of benign lesions or when image-guided biopsies are required for suspicious lesions like microcalcifications in the breast.

Previously, open surgery under general anesthesia was performed to remove indeterminate breast lesions that required hospital admission. But vacuum excision biopsy is an outpatient procedure that allows complete excision of benign breast lesions under local anaesthesia.

Read on to understand the vacuum-assisted excision biopsy process, its benefits, risks, and aftercare.

How can you prepare for vacuum assisted excision biopsy?

  • Please inform the doctor about all the medications you are taking, especially any blood thinners
  • If you are allergic to any medicine, be sure to tell the doctor about it
  • You can consume normal food before the procedure
  • Do not apply perfume, deodorant, powder, or lotion on the day of the procedure
  • Bring a relative or friend with you who can drop you home after the process
  • Wear or carry a soft, comfortable bra to be worn after the procedure
  • If possible, take a day off

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    What is the procedure for vacuum assisted excision biopsy?

    The excision biopsy procedure requires around 45 minutes and is performed in the mammography room. You will be awake throughout the process.

    Depending on the location of the lesion, the surgeon will ask you to lie down so that he can get a clear image of the breast. He will then numb your breast with a local anaesthetic injection, so you do not feel any pain.

    Then with the help of ultrasound or mammography, the surgeon will insert a special probe into the specific area of the breast. The vacuum device takes samples of the lesion using gentle suction. It allows the surgeon to take multiple samples.

    Once the samples are taken, a tiny metal clip is placed at the biopsy site to mark the area. The clip is safe and will not cause any discomfort.

    It can stay in your breast for life if the result is benign and will not cause any issues during MRI or metal detectors. However, the marker is used as guidance if further treatment is needed.

    This procedure also allows the surgeon to remove small benign breast lesions. Dr. Garvit Chitkara uses vacuum-assisted excision biopsy to remove the fibroadenoma, the most common benign breast tumour.breast cancer

    After the procedure

    Once the procedure is complete, we will apply firm pressure to your breast for around 10 minutes to reduce the risk of internal bruising. Then we will put a sterile, waterproof bandage on the cut. You will be monitored for around an hour before you can go home.

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    What are the benefits of vacuum assisted excision biopsy?

    Vacuum-assisted excision biopsy in Mumbai is a standard procedure often recommended by surgeons for its many advantages.

    • It is a minimally invasive procedure.
    • It helps determine if the lesion can be left as it is or needs further treatment.
    • It can remove more breast tissues than core biopsy.
    • It can completely remove small benign tumors.
    • Multiple samples can be taken with a single incision. Whereas in core needle biopsy, repeated insertion is needed to get samples of different areas.
    • VABB can be performed under sonography, Mammographic or MRI guidance
    • There is minimal scarring.

    What are the risks of vacuum assisted excision biopsy?

    Some potential complications of this procedure are: 

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    • Internal bruising
    • Bleeding from the procedure site
    • Infection
    • Low-radiation risk due to the use of x-rays only incase if it is done under mammo guidance
    • Tenderness and aching
    • Difficulty in getting good tissue samples as the tumor is located in hard-to-reach places. In such cases, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic excision biopsy.


    It would help if you took ample rest after the procedure. The effects of the anaesthetic will wear off within a few hours and if you feel any pain or discomfort, then take a mild painkiller as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take aspirin as it may cause extra bruising.

    Refrain from strenuous work, such as exercising, running, or heavy lifting,for around two days. If you still experience pain after two days, please contact your doctor. The procedure will leave a tiny permanent scar.

    Why choose Dr. Garvit Chitkara for vacuum assisted excision biopsy in Mumbai?

    • Garvit Chitkara is a prominent surgeon for breast cancer surgery in Mumbai. He has a decade of experience in providing comprehensive breast care to all patients.
    • He has the privilege of training and working as a consultant at the world-famous Tata Memorial Hospital.
    • He has treated a high volume of patients and is highly knowledgeable and skilled in the latest surgical modalities.
    • His warm and compassionate nature helps his patient feel comfortable and safe.


    It will take around seven to ten days for the reports to come. The doctor will discuss the results and guide you if further treatment is required.

    You may feel a slight stinging sensation when injected with anaesthesia.After that, the area will become numb, and you will feel no pain.

    In place of vacuum assisted excision biopsy, you can opt for diagnostic excision biopsy, which is performed under general anaesthesia and takes longer to recover.

    • Core needle biopsy
    • Fine needle aspiration cytology
    • Stereotactic biopsy
    • Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy
    • excision biopsy
    • Vacuum assisted excision biopsy

    Yes, you will need an appointment to visit the doctor. You can either call or fill out the appointment form on the website.We will contact you at the earliest.