Sky Ridge Medical Center
July 25, 2016

Sky Ridge is Turning Fear into Confidence with Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery

DENVER, COLO., July, 2016 – Sky Ridge Medical Center, in partnership with Invuity, is hosting the first, ever Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery mobile training lab in Colorado on Friday, July 22.  A breast cancer diagnosis can threaten not only a woman’s life, but her self-confidence. With the surgical techniques of hidden scar surgery, surgeons can effectively treat cancer while preserving the natural shape of the breast, leaving no visible reminder behind.

“Hidden scar surgery is the best technique we can offer women right now. I can treat breast cancer, while knowing that I’m not damaging my patient’s body. This minimally invasive treatment helps to increase safety, precision and efficiency,” says Dr. Joyce Moore, a breast surgeon with the Breast Center at Sky Ridge Medical Center. “This is one more tool in our comprehensive, accredited breast program at Sky Ridge.”

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, and 70% of women who are newly diagnosed are unaware of all the surgical options available, including minimally invasive approaches that can help restore their self-image and allow them to begin the emotional healing process. Sky Ridge Medical Center wants to educate women on their options as well as spread the word within the medical community about the hidden scar technique

What is Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery?

Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced surgical approach where cancerous tissue is removed through a single incision made in an inconspicuous area, resulting in less visible scarring.  Dr. Moore and her team are the only surgeons currently trained in this technique.

What are the benefits of Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery?

Surgeons can perform breast cancer procedures with better safety, efficiency, and precision - while optimizing clinical and aesthetic outcomes for patients. This advanced surgical approach leaves no visible reminder behind, which can have a positive impact on the patient’s psychological and emotional recovery.

In which breast cancer surgeries can the Hidden Scar approach be used?

Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery can be used in:

  • Nipple sparing mastectomies, which remove all of the underlying breast tissue while keeping the breast skin and nipple area intact.
  • Lumpectomies (breast conserving surgery), in which the tumor and a small area of surrounding healthy breast tissue are removed while saving the majority of the breast.

Who is a candidate for Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery?

Qualification depends on a patient’s tumor size and location, breast shape and size, and the surgeon’s training. Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery may be appropriate for a wide range of breast cancer patients undergoing nipple sparing mastectomy or lumpectomy (breast conserving surgery) procedures.

Dr. Joyce Moore and her team are the only practice in Colorado performing these techniques, and at the Invuity event on Friday, July 22, her team, along with Invuity experts, will be teaching physicians across the state how to perform Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery.

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About Sky Ridge Medical Center

Sky Ridge Medical Center, the first hospital to open in Douglas County in 2003, is a member of the HealthONE network. HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees.  As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care.  In addition, our family of services includes five hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.

About Invuity

Invuity, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on developing and marketing advanced photonics devices that improve the ability of surgeons to illuminate and visualize the surgical cavity during open minimally invasive and minimal access surgery. The company's patented Intelligent Photonics™ technology enables enhanced surgical precision, efficiency and safety by providing superior visualization. In addition to breast oncology and plastic reconstruction surgery, clinical applications include thyroid oncology, spine, orthopedic, cardiothoracic and general surgery among others. Invuity is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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