No visible reminder of your surgery, cancer or risk of cancer

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer. At St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, we want you to know all of your breast cancer surgery options so you can feel informed and empowered in your surgical decision. We pride ourselves on providing our patients with the most advanced surgical options in breast cancer surgery. Our surgeons are trained in Hidden Scar surgical techniques, and together, our goal is to give you the best surgical treatment and experience.

Breast cancer can be surgically removed with a mastectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove only part of your breast tissue). With a Hidden Scar procedure, your surgeon will place the incision in a location that is hard to see, so that the scar is not visible when your incision heals. As a result, you have little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.

The Hidden Scar technique can be performed for a nipple sparing mastectomy or a lumpectomy procedure. Patients who undergo the Hidden Scar approach, do not have a higher risk of cancer recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique1,2. You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery based on the size and location of your tumor, your breast shape, and your breast size. Please call a Hidden Scar Certified Surgeon and ask about the procedure at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. Want more information on Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery?

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1. Sacchini V., Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy for Breast Cancer and Risk Reduction: Oncologic or Technical Problem? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2006; 203(5) 5: 704-714.

2. Mitchell, Sunny. A step-by-step Oncoplastic breast conservation surgical atlas of reproducible dissection techniques and anatomically ideal incision placement. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017.

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