Lung Biopsy Options

Tissue samples and cells are really the only way to diagnose that spot on your lung. This is called a biopsy. In a biopsy, a piece of tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. There are several ways a biopsy can be done. Your physician will likely take into consideration many things before deciding which technique may be best for you. This will include things like your current health and the location and size of the spot in your lung. Some lung biopsy options are more invasive than others depending on where the spot is located. You may hear some options referred to as minimally invasive.

A minimally invasive procedure is any procedure (surgical or otherwise) that is less invasive than open surgery used for the same purpose. A minimally invasive procedure is typically carried out through the skin or through a body cavity or anatomical opening. This may result in shorter hospital stays or allow outpatient treatment. However, minimally invasive surgery is not necessarily minor surgery so it’s important to understand what is involved in each procedure. Talk to your doctor about each option and which might be best for you.

You may want to ask questions like;6

  • Which procedures do you recommend?
  • How will the tissue be removed?
  • Are there any risks?
  • What is the chance that the procedure will make my lung collapse?
  • What are the chances of infection or bleeding after the procedure?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
  • How long until I know the results?