A process called breast cyst drainage is a procedure when the doctor inserts a needle in the cysts and drains the fluid from the cyst. Another name for this procedure is breast cyst aspiration.
When is it used?
In most cases there is no need for the cyst to be drained as it usually goes away on its own after the menopause. However, in cases when the cyst causes discomfort and even pain, the doctor will recommend the drainage. A doctor will also notice the cyst on a simple mammogram. However, even a woman can feel the cyst through a self exam if she knows how to perform one. Once the fluid is drained from the cyst, the woman will no longer feel discomfort or pain. The fluid is then sent to the laboratory for further tests.
In certain cases the cyst cannot be drained with the needle and then a woman will need to undergo a surgical procedure in order to remove the cyst.
A woman can also choose not to have the procedure. It is best to talk to the doctor about both these options before deciding on one. Women should also know that there is no special preparation needed before they undergo the procedure of drainage.
What happens during the procedure?
A woman may opt for a local anesthetic before the procedure so that the place becomes numb. The anesthetic will enable woman to go through the procedure without feeling any pain.
The specialist will insert the needle into the cyst and get rid of the fluid. In some rare cases there is need for the sample of the fluid to be further tested. Cysts are rarely malignant but it is possible.
What happens after the procedure?
A person may experience small bruising in the place of the insertion and a bandage will be placed on the place.Women should also know that cysts are recurring.
A woman who undergoes this procedure will no longer feel the discomfort or pain and will know for sure whether the cyst is connected with cancer or not. In very few cases some women experience an allergic reaction to the anesthetic. Also, infection and bleeding at the site are possible but very rare.