Posted on 5/20/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
|Anytime you get a medical test and have to wait for the results, you have at least a little fear. If the test is an oral biopsy, that fear can increase to a level that paralyzes a person.
People think that a biopsy means they have cancer and they think that cancer will lead to a quick death. That is why they worry until they finally get the results of the oral biopsy. Instead of worrying, it is better to find ways to keep busy as you await the results. There are a few reasons for doing this.
Reasons for a BiopsyAn oral biopsy is necessary when there is something that does not seem normal in the mouth. White or red spots, lesions and swelling in the gums are all reasons for a biopsy. The purpose of a biopsy is to get a diagnosis of an area that does not appear normal. The good news is that just because an oral biopsy is done, it does not mean anything is wrong.
That depends on the result of the biopsy. Because we do not know what is wrong before the biopsy, it is best not to think about all the possibilities. Staying busy is one way to distract yourself from the wait that is coming.
Results Take Time
It can take 2 to 3 days to get the results of a basic biopsy. A more complicated biopsy can take 7 to 10 days to get the result. Once the results are in, a determination of what they mean and if any treatment is necessary requires more time.
For the person waiting for the results of a biopsy, the wait is the hardest thing. During that time, it is easy to think the worse and to try to prepare yourself for bad news. That stress can make a person sick. The busier you are after the biopsy, the more distracted you are, the less you think about the possibilities.
One key to good health is a positive attitude. Keeping busy after an oral biopsy can help a person maintain that positive attitude. If the biopsy does show something that needs treatment, worrying before you get results will not help.
If you want information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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