Hidden Scar surgery for breast cancer reconstruction

Dec 12, 2021

Baptist Health System has been recognized as a Hidden Scar Center for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery. Baptist is among the first in the area to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis. The procedure expands options for women with a procedure that effectively treats the cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.

Each year, approximately 253,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. Many women are unaware of all the surgical options available, including less invasive approaches that can help restore their self-image and allow them to begin the emotional healing process. Five-year survival rates for breast cancer are high3. As such, Survivorship is becoming increasingly important. Scars have a significant impact on Survivorship in that they impact the survivors’ body image, intimacy, confidence and mental health.

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery allows surgeons at Baptist Health System to remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in a hidden area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.

“A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult enough,” said Morton Kahlenberg, MD, Medical Director for Baptist Cancer Services.  “At Baptist, we are committed to enabling our surgeons to perform complex, in-demand surgeries with greater confidence, and give more women access to transformative options. Performing breast cancer surgery through a smaller incision requires consistent illumination throughout the surgical cavity, so surgeons can clearly see and effectively remove the tumor.”

Patient Amy Case said the procedure has made all the difference for her. “I feel grateful to be have benefited from the combination of this amazing technique and the care of expert doctors here in San Antonio.”

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