Hello Suzy Q
Thanks for your post.
It’s understandable you want to know if the ultrasound guided marker that you had inserted a few months back, is the same as the guide wire your due to have inserted before your lumpectomy.
These procedures are similar. Having a guide wire before surgery will help locate the marker and the exact area to be removed during surgery. The wire can be inserted on the same day or a day before the lumpectomy is carried out. Once the wire is in the correct place, it’s covered with a padded dressing and left there until surgery. Then the wire, marker and area of breast tissue are removed. If you have a breast care nurse, you could call her just to clarify.
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Hi Suzy, I had a wire inserted on the day of my op, it was done in the ultrasound dept of the breast clinic, it's all quite painless as they numb the area first then feed a fine wire in to the area to be removed , they then do a mammogram to check its in the correct place then its back to the waiting area with a wire hanging out of you like an Ariel!
All quite straight forward and nothing to worry about, I didn't have a separate appointment it's just all part of the lumpectomy process, best of luck Xx Jo