How breast cancer surgery can be virtually scarless

How breast cancer surgery can be virtually scarless

A breast cancer diagnosis is life-altering, heartbreaking and certainly scary.

While some women will ultimately need or choose a mastectomy, others can opt for the surgical removal of a small portion or “lump” of breast – called a lumpectomy. Less invasive than a mastectomy, a traditional lumpectomy surgery, while sparing the breast, can result in large scars and breast disfigurement at the site where the lump was removed.

Dr. Barry Rosen, chairman of the department of surgery and an oncoplastic surgeon practicing at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, is a national leader in teaching hidden scar surgery, which results in the best possible cosmetic outcome without compromising the removal of the cancer.

“Oncoplastics merges surgical oncology and plastic surgery, ultimately giving patients the best of cancer treatments and reconstructive techniques,” says Dr. Rosen, who during this specialized procedure will remove the breast tumor and provide reconstructive surgery during the same operation.

Oncoplastic surgery, in its most simple form, minimizes the scars inherent with breast cancer surgery so that our patients do not have daily reminders of their cancer,” says Dr. Rosen. “While we remove the cancer by removing that section of the breast, instead of simply closing the wound, which can result in a large indentation in the breast, we rearrange the breast tissue that is left behind to round out the breast and retain its original shape. Furthermore, some cancers that could only have been treated by mastectomy in the past can now be treated in a much less invasive fashion.”

Dr. Rosen says that depending on the extent of the cancer, the hidden scar technique can be as simple as hiding a scar in a natural skin crease or as elaborate as partnering with a plastic surgeon to perform a simultaneous lift and reduction.

“While a cancer diagnosis is traumatic, a hidden scar procedure through oncoplastic surgery helps a patient more quickly regain a sense of normalcy, which is a critical part of recovery,” says Dr. Rosen. “Scars are a constant reminder of trauma, and we want to do all we can to lessen those for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

To learn more about Dr. Barry Rosen, click here. 

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4 Comments

  1. joyce A Barnes April 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm · Reply

    I had the best doctor, Dr. Krugger and I can’t find my scar.. She is the BEST!!!!

  2. Gloria Picchetti April 5, 2018 at 1:37 pm · Reply

    I doubt very much if anyone who does not have premium insurance and tons of money can get this. I have Medicare which I call Medicareless. They won’t pay for anything I want so I skip just about everything. Why put a band aid on poverty?

    • Hi, Gloria. I certainly understand your attitude; Medicare can be difficult to navigate at times. However, I can assure you that all of the breast surgeons at Advocate that offer these options provide that care regardless of insurance carrier. Thanks for taking the time to read about this innovative technology.

  3. I had Dr.Krueger as well She Is a awesome Doctor, However I have numerous very ugly scars and folds from my Mastectomy. I did the nipple spearing reconstruction with Dr. Shifrin. But I’m very grateful to be ALIVE PRAISE JESUS!!!!

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Kate Eller
Kate Eller

Kate Eller, health enews contributor, is director of public affairs for Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She came to Chicago and Advocate in 2014 after living in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Texas. She enjoys road trips, exploring little towns, minimalism, hiking and urban hiking around Chicago.