Monday, January 7, 2013

Ask Us Anything: My Mammograms Have Been Painful. Is This Normal?

"I have been getting mammograms for years, but the last few I have had have been extremely painful. They left me bruised and sore. Is this normal? I am past due for my yearly exam, but cannot schedule because I can't go through the agony."

Dr. Ali Ghomi Responds:

Some women report experiencing discomfort during mammography. However, receiving bruises and such degree of pain is not acceptable. I would entertain going to another facility and expressing your concern prior to the examination. You may also present to the same facility, only after you receive reassurance that the breast tissue would not be painfully compressed.

In either case, don't let this discourage you from having annual mammograms for the detection of early breast cancer. 

— Dr. Ali Ghomi

Dr. Ghomi is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chair of The Robotic Surgical Committee at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He is the only physician in Western New York who performs Sacrocolpopexy Prolapse surgery using the da Vinci® robot. Sacrocolpopexy is a proven “gold standard” procedure worldwide to repair severe pelvic prolapse. Click here to learn more about Catholic Health's OB/GYN services.

Dr. Ghomi sees patients at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness in Buffalo.

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