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Ultrasound Cyst Aspiration

An ultrasound guided cyst aspiration is a procedure by which a radiologist drains fluid from cysts in the breast. This procedure only takes a few minutes.

How Should I Prepare?
  • No aspirin products (Coumadin/blood thinners) or vitamin E three days prior to the procedure. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the only over-the-counter pain medication that does not thin your blood. All other over-the-counter pain medications (Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Bayer, Goodys, etc.) will thin your blood. Tylenol may be taken before coming for your procedure.
  • There are no diet restrictions.
  • Wear a two-piece, comfortable outfit and a supporting bra (i.e. sports bra).
  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes earlier than your appointment time to complete the necessary paperwork.
  • You will be here about 1 hour.
What to Expect During the Procedure

The technologist will review the procedure with you and will introduce you to the radiologist performing the aspiration. You will lie on your back or occasionally on your side on the examining table. Ultrasound will be used to locate the cyst. The radiologist will numb the area above the cyst and will insert a thin hollow needle into the breast to drain the cyst. Depending on the appearance of the fluid, it may be discarded, or sent to the laboratory for analysis. A band-aid will be applied over the area and some slight bruising may occur. The procedure will last approximately 15 – 30 minutes. If fluid is sent to the laboratory for analysis it can take several days to receive the results. Once we receive the results someone from our office will contact you with this information.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Most women experience minimal, if any discomfort. Some slight swelling or bruising may occur and this usually resolves in a few weeks. You may drive after the procedure and resume normal activities.