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Excisional Biopsy

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Excisional Biopsy: Definition and Importance

An excisional biopsy is a medical procedure performed by Dr. Karan Chopra, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, to remove a suspicious or abnormal tissue or growth from the body for further examination. This type of biopsy is commonly used to diagnose and determine the nature of various conditions, including cancer, infections, and inflammatory diseases.


During an excisional biopsy, Dr. Chopra surgically removes the entire suspicious tissue or growth, along with a small margin of healthy tissue surrounding it. This ensures that an adequate sample is obtained for accurate diagnosis. The procedure is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the location and size of the tissue being biopsied.

Dr. Chopra uses his expertise in plastic surgery to minimize scarring and achieve the best cosmetic outcome for his patients. He carefully plans the incision to be inconspicuous and strategically placed, taking into consideration the natural contours of the body or face.

Importance of Excisional Biopsy

Excisional biopsy plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions. Here are some key reasons why this procedure is important:

  • Accurate Diagnosis: By removing the entire suspicious tissue, an excisional biopsy provides a larger and more representative sample for examination by pathologists. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis compared to other biopsy techniques that only collect a small portion of the tissue.
  • Determining the Nature of the Condition: The biopsy results help Dr. Chopra determine whether the tissue is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). This information is crucial for developing an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Staging and Prognosis: In cases where cancer is detected, an excisional biopsy helps determine the stage of the disease, which guides further treatment decisions. It also provides valuable information about the tumor’s characteristics, helping to predict the patient’s prognosis.
  • Monitoring Treatment Response: In some cases, excisional biopsy may be repeated after treatment to assess the effectiveness of therapy and monitor for any residual or recurrent disease.

Dr. Karan Chopra’s Expertise in Excisional Biopsy

Dr. Karan Chopra, with his extensive training and experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, is well-equipped to perform excisional biopsies with precision and care. His dedication to safety, quality, research, and innovation ensures that patients receive the highest standard of care.

Dr. Chopra’s unique qualities, including his artistic hand, natural results, and quick recovery techniques, contribute to a positive patient experience. His sympathetic bedside manner and a wonderful staff team create a supportive environment for patients undergoing excisional biopsies.


Excisional biopsy is a vital procedure performed by Dr. Karan Chopra to remove suspicious tissues or growths for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. With his expertise in plastic surgery and commitment to patient care, Dr. Chopra ensures that excisional biopsies are performed with precision, resulting in optimal outcomes for his patients.

If you have any concerns or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karan Chopra, please contact us.

FAQs about Excisional Biopsy

What is an excisional biopsy?

An excisional biopsy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes a suspicious or abnormal tissue or growth from the body for further examination and diagnosis. It is commonly used to diagnose and treat various conditions, including cancer.

How is an excisional biopsy performed?

An excisional biopsy is typically performed under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision to remove the entire suspicious tissue or growth, along with a margin of healthy tissue. The incision is then closed with sutures or staples. The excised tissue is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

What are the risks and complications associated with an excisional biopsy?

Like any surgical procedure, an excisional biopsy carries certain risks and potential complications. These may include bleeding, infection, scarring, pain, nerve damage, and allergic reactions to anesthesia. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

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