A specialist breast surgeon will sometimes ask for a location device called a ‘hookwire’ to be inserted into the breast tissue prior to surgery. The device enables the surgeon to precisely localize the area that needs to be removed during surgery.
This procedure is arranged by the surgeon at a time that fits in with the planned surgery.
The ‘hookwire’ is placed into position by a radiologist using either mammography or ultrasound technology to aid him/her. The procedure is usually done immediately prior to surgery (within a few hours).
Local anaesthetic is injected into the skin and a fine needle is inserted into the area. The wire is placed over this needle, the needle is removed and the wire secured.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.