Breast cancer surgery without a visible scar.
Surgery is often a first-line breast cancer treatment. But unfortunately, both a mastectomy (removal of all of the breast tissue) and lumpectomy (removal of part of the breast tissue) can leave prominent scarring. For many women, this can leave them feeling self-conscious and can be a reminder of surgery and cancer.
At Overland Park Regional Medical Center, we want you to know your breast cancer surgery options so that you can choose a surgeon and a surgery that best fits your needs. In addition to the more traditional surgery options, we provide the Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and Hidden Scar Lumpectomy procedures.
What is Hidden Scar Surgery?
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is a cutting-edge approach to removing breast cancer. With this approach, your surgeon places the incision in a hard to see location, so that the scar is not visible when the incision heals. Women who undergo this approach to breast cancer surgery do not have a higher risk of their cancer returning than patients who undergo other breast surgery techniques. Breast cancer surgeons offering these procedures have been extensively trained to ensure the best surgical outcome.
You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery depending on the size and location of your tumor, breast shape and breast size. Schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery.
What is a Hidden Scar Mastectomy?
During a mastectomy procedure, all of the breast tissue is removed. Traditionally, there are a couple mastectomy options:
- A simple total mastectomy (The breast cancer surgeon removes the entire breast)
- A skin sparing mastectomy (The surgeon removes the nipple, but leaves the rest of the breast skin intact)
- A nipple sparing mastectomy (The surgeon does not remove the breast skin or nipple)
The Hidden Scar method can be used for a nipple sparing mastectomy. The scar will be located in the crease under the breast.
You may be a candidate for this procedure if:
- Your nipple does not contain cancerous tissue
- You have a family history of breast cancer or carry the BRCA gene (but don’t currently have cancer)
- Have non-invasive cancer
- Have small tumors that don’t lie directly beneath the nipple
What is a Hidden Scar Lumpectomy?
During a lumpectomy surgery, the breast cancer tumor and a small margin of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor will be removed. The majority of the breast tissue including the nipple area will remain intact.
If you meet the requirements, a Hidden Scar lumpectomy procedure may be an option. Using this method, an incision is made in one of three hard to see places:
- The crease beneath your breast
- Along the edge of the areola
- In the armpit
Informed is Empowered
Before deciding on a treatment plan, we encourage you to have a clear understanding of your options. Download a list of helpful questions for you to discuss with your surgeon.