Rochester Regional Health recently became the first in western New York to be certified in hidden scar breast cancer surgery, which helps women hide scars by minimizing their incisions.
The procedure involves removing cancerous tissue through a single incision in a discreet location, such as under the breast or through the armpit. Mastectomies and lumpectomies previously would leave prominent scarring.
“A mastectomy or lumpectomy can take a serious emotional toll on a woman, impacting her self-confidence, body image and intimacy,” said Lori Medeiros, director of Rochester Regional Health Breast Center. “This surgery option provides women with a level of confidence in survivorship that wasn’t attainable with previous surgery methods.”
Surgeons use advanced photonics devices to illuminate the path to the tumor. The surgery preserves the natural appearance of the breast; patients experience little difference in the size and shape of their breasts once healed from surgery.