Breast conservation surgery is also known as lumpectomy. For a lumpectomy, the affected breast tissue is removed along with a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the lump.
The survival rate for breast cancer patients is the same for lumpectomy as for mastectomy (complete breast removal).
A common technique for breast conservation involves inserting a wire in the breast to indicate the target for surgery. This can be very unsettling for the patient as she heads to the operating room.
SAVI Scout involves putting a marker in the center of the targeted tissue. This marker is located via radar. It makes it much easier to find and remove the lump. It's like finding a coin with a metal detector.
Listen in as Dr. Pat Whitworth discusses breast conservation surgery.