New mastectomy technique at KKH leaves less scarring

Madam May Wong carrying her 10-month-old son Tok Yuan Yi, with husband Sam Tok Hoe Tooi, 46, and Dr Lim Geok Hoon. Madam Wong underwent the minimal-scar mastectomy 10 days after giving birth to Yuan Yi.
Madam May Wong carrying her 10-month-old son Tok Yuan Yi, with husband Sam Tok Hoe Tooi, 46, and Dr Lim Geok Hoon. Madam Wong underwent the minimal-scar mastectomy 10 days after giving birth to Yuan Yi.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Procedure for suitable patients with breast cancer preserves areolas and nipples

In a conventional mastectomy, a breast cancer patient ends up with a long scar across the chest and loses her nipples and areolas in the procedure.

The KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) has come up with a surgical technique for suitable patients which produces a less visible scar around the areolas, preserving them and the nipples.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'New mastectomy technique at KKH leaves less scarring'. Print Edition | Subscribe