Soft Tissue Biopsy
What is a
Soft Tissue Biopsy?
A soft tissue biopsy is the removal and microscopic examination of a small
sample of soft tissue for diagnostic purposes. “Soft tissue” includes the skin,
fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or
Soft tissue biopsies require little time or involvement from
the patient. They enable the foot and ankle surgeon to reach an accurate
diagnosis and determine the best treatment for the specific condition.
Conditions Identified by Soft Tissue
Non-surgical treatment may help relieve the pain of a plantar fibroma,
although it will not make the mass disappear. The foot and ankle surgeon may
select one or more of the following non-surgical options:
the Biopsy Involve?
A biopsy involves removal of a small piece of tissue, and
takes just a few minutes. The procedure performed will depend on the tissue to
be sampled. After numbing the area, the surgeon performs one of the following:
Shave biopsy. A thin piece of tissue is shaved
Punch biopsy. A small, round instrument removes
a tiny core of tissue. Stitches may be needed.
Incisional or excisional biopsy. A piece, or the
entire lesion, is removed. Stitches are often needed.
Once the sample is obtained, the surgeon sends it to a
clinical laboratory so that the condition can be identified. The specimen will
be examined by a pathologist who specializes in evaluating soft tissue
Patients should follow the instructions provided by the surgeon for care of the
biopsy site. If the area has stitches, an appointment will be scheduled for
It usually takes several days for the lab results to arrive
at the surgeon’s office. If the patient has not heard about the results after
10 days, the surgeon’s office should be contacted. Biopsy results, as well as
additional treatment that may be required, will then be discussed.
Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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