I arrived at the hospital at 10:30 A.M. for the 12:00 appointment, to make sure I was there early enough. I went down to Adult Radiology thinking that is where I supposed to be, and found out I was in the wrong location. I was directed to CT/MRI at the entrance to check in over there. I then found out I was in the wrong place again. I was actually supposed to go to Interventional Radiology to have this done. So, it was good that I got there early.
A couple of friends stopped by which I appreciated, before the biopsy, while I was waiting I am glad they came by it was nice to talk to them. I brought along The Pilgrim’s Progess to read while I am waiting, which is a great book by the way.
I look at the time on my phone, and it is after 12. I asked the lady at the front desk, and ask if there is a delay or if it is backed up currently. I then come to find out I wasn’t scheduled to 1:00 for the biopsy. Ha. So, getting there early really didn’t help that much.
I finally get to go in. I laid down on a SIemens Open CT machine but didn’t actually have a CT biopsy. I had an ultrasound guided biopsy instead and CT just incase. I had a core biopsy, instead of fine needle. I was awake during the whole procedure, which wasn’t bad at all. I felt no pain during it. I was asking all sorts of questions during the procedure. The tumor did bleed being vascular. I was told I would have been in a lot of pain if it was attached to nerves which it was not fortunately. I remember the radiologist asking if five samples was enough to another doctor, and I told him take another one, it couldn’t hurt.
Also, I wasn’t sure what to expect during the biopsy. I thought I might have been sedated and not awake. I found out I would be awake during it, and turned out better than I thought.I am sure biopsies of other locations might hurt, but I am glad that experienced no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Now I will be playing waiting game for Cytopathology to do their job and provide a better diagnosis.