If you have suspicious tissue anywhere in your body that suggests cancer, you may benefit from a biopsy that gives medical professionals a better look. At Integrative Therapies of Las Vegas & Med Spa LLC, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, general surgeon Lambert Abeyatunge, MD, FACS, FRCS, FRCSC, FICS, recommends a biopsy when screening tests find tissue that seems abnormal. If you’ve been told you need a biopsy or are concerned about possible cancer or another condition, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Biopsies help Dr. Abeyatunge diagnose serious conditions when you have questionable symptoms. You might need a biopsy to:
Dr. Abeyatunge uses biopsies to diagnose a problem, determine the extent of spread, and provide optimal treatment.
Biopsy methods vary according to the area affected and the suspected condition. Some of the most common forms include:
A needle is inserted into the suspicious area to gather a sampling of cells. Sometimes a computed tomography (CT) scanner or ultrasound guides the placement of the needle. Biopsies of your kidney, liver, or prostate are done with special variations of a needle biopsy.
A sample of the suspicious tissue is excised with a sharp tool. Dr. Abeyatunge may recommend this biopsy if you have a suspicious mole or lesion that suggests melanoma or another form of skin cancer.
In some cases, Dr. Abeyatunge will perform open or minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to obtain a biopsy of hard-to-reach tissue. He may remove just a sampling, or an entire lump or mass, depending on the nature of the case.
Some needle and skin biopsies may be performed right away when Dr. Abeyatunge notices suspicious tissue. He injects numbing medicine into the affected area, so you have no sensation during the procedure.
If you need a surgical biopsy or an involved needle biopsy, the procedure is more involved. You’ll be scheduled for treatment at a medical center and undergo sedation. Dr. Abeyatunge and the staff at Integrative Therapies of Las Vega & Med Spa LLC provide you with full prep instructions before your procedure.
In most cases, Dr. Abeyatunge sends the tissue sample to a laboratory for analysis. The results take a few days to come back — at which time, Dr. Abeyatunge discusses your results and the next steps if treatment is needed.
Patients who need a biopsy in the Las Vegas area can call or schedule a consultation online with Integrative Therapies of Las Vegas & Med Spa LLC.