TOOLS FOR DIAGNOSIS
Ultrasound Guided Minimally Invasive Vacuum
Assisted 360-degree Breast Biopsy
Previty offers the only "single pass"
360-degree minimally invasive breast biopsy procedure in Southeast Texas.
Breast PET SCAN
Hidden Scar Incision options
Hidden Scar Surgical Results
APBI (Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation)
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is a way of delivering targeted radiation to the tissue surrounding the lumpectomy cavity, rather than irradiating the entire breast. For appropriate patients, this radiation treatment cuts the treatment time down from 6-8 weeks to only 5 days.
After your surgeon confirms the breast cancer surgical margins are clear of cancer, he/she places a multi-lumen balloon using ultrasound guidance. This is a well tolerated procedure that only requires local anesthetic and is done in Previty Clinic. You then visit the radiation center for a treatment course lasting 5 days. After this treatment the balloon is easily removed. This is supervised by a radiation oncologist.
The closed applicator is inserted into the lumpectomy cavity through a single incision. Placement of the applicator can be done at the time of the lumpectomy or as a post-operative procedure.
Once the aplicator is placed in the cavity, rotation of the expansion tool deploys the catheters, conforming to the size of the cavity.
The individual catheters are connected to an HDR afterloader for delivery of the radiation source. The multiple catheters offer more flexibility to sculpt the dose based on patient-specific anatomy. With the close proximity of the catheters to the targeted tissue, the radiation dose in each catheter can be modified to protect healthy tissues and organs, such as skin, lung and heart. Typical treatment is twice a day for five days.
After the final treatment, the applicator is collapsed and removed.
Previty is the first surgical clinic in Texas to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis. Previty is expanding options for women in Southeast Texas with a procedure that effectively treats the cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery allows Previty surgeons to remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in an inconspicuous 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.
 Study Finds Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence. Accessed on January 28, 2015 from http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/past-press-releases/2011-archives/study-finds-nipple-sparing-mastectomy-does-not-increase-risk-of-breast-cancer-recurrence.html.
PREVITY is the FIRST Center of Excellence in Texas certified in the Hidden Scar program.
Skin, Nipple Areolar Sparing Mastectomy
PREVITY is one of few clinics in the country to offer this highly specialized procedure.
Breast Conservation Therapy and Oncoplasty
Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping and Biopsy
Complete Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
Immediate Reconstruction by Highly Trained Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon