Surgery

A diagnosis of breast cancer is life-changing. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate care for every patient, leveraging expertise in minimally invasive surgical breast conservation and complex reconstruction techniques. They provide several types of breast cancer surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy, and lymph node removal. Reconstructive surgery can be done in conjunction with breast cancer surgery, or at a later date. One of the most innovative surgical techniques we offer is hidden scar breast cancer surgery.

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

Hidden scar breast cancer surgery is an advanced approach in which breast surgeons remove cancerous tissue through a single incision made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. As a result, surgeons are able to preserve a natural-looking breast by sparing the nipple, areola and surrounding tissue. The hidden scar approach may also ease the emotional impact of breast cancer surgery, in that patients have little to no visible reminder of the surgery, and they experience a more natural looking breast reconstruction. Patients who undergo this approach are also at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique.

Hidden scar breast cancer surgery may be appropriate for a wide range of breast cancer patients undergoing nipple sparing mastectomy or breast conserving (lumpectomy) procedures. You may be considered for a hidden scar lumpectomy if the size of the cancer is small enough relative to the size of the breast, and if the cancer is confined to one specific area in the breast. The most important criteria for this approach is that the size of the tumor will allow for its complete removal with some margin of normal tissue all the way around the tumor.

SAVI SCOUT Surgical Guidance System

SAVI SCOUT uses real-time guidance technology to help surgeons locate and remove target tissue during a lumpectomy. The standard way to locate and remove a lump is to insert a wire into the breast prior to surgery to guide the surgeon to the target tissue. This is known as wire localization. With SAVI SCOUT, a small reflector is placed into the lump prior to surgery. The system uses electromagnetic waves (safe and non-radioactive) to locate the reflector and enable the surgeon to remove both the lump and the reflector during surgery.

Potential benefits of SAVI SCOUT compared to wire localization:

  • More accurate localization of lump for removal
  • Minimize waiting time on morning of surgery
  • Reflector is not externally visible after placement, in contrast to wire localization, which leaves the wire outside the breast

Breast Reconstruction

There are several different types of breast reconstruction techniques available. The two most common techniques are implant reconstruction and autologous or flap reconstruction. Reconstruction can be done immediately after surgery or it can be delayed until cancer treatment is completed. Our treatment team considers each patient’s unique needs in the decision-making process. Our surgeons combine reconstructive excellence with cosmetic surgery expertise, providing you with the best results possible.