Oral Surgery

A biopsy is a procedure to remove a small piece of tissue so that it can be examined under a microscope. An excisional biopsy removes a small lump or swelling completely. An incisional biopsy, which is much less common, removes a small piece of a larger abnormality to confirm a diagnosis.

What does a biopsy involve?

Most biopsies take about 15 minutes and are performed under a local anaesthetic – an injection that numbs the area so you won’t feel any pain. Any stitches will usually dissolve completely within two weeks.

How will I feel after the biopsy?

There’s usually very little pain or swelling. A simple painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen should ease any discomfort

Will I need to take any time off work?

Most people are able to return to work after the biopsy.

Will I need another appointment?

Your surgeon may make an appointment to discuss the results of the biopsy.
Your surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure and possible outcomes before the biopsy. If you have any questions or concerns before or after your surgery, please contact the Oral Surgery Implant Group.