Griffin Hospital Surgeon Trained in Hidden Scar™ Breast Surgery

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Denise Barajas, MD, board-certified surgeon and medical director of The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby, has been recognized as a Trained Surgeon for Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery.

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The Hidden Scar Surgery helps women both physically and emotionally with its innovative minimally-invasive approach. I’m proud to offer my patients this option, which takes the whole person into consideration in the healing process, Dr. Barajas said.

Dr. Barajas is one of just two surgeons in New Haven County and six in the state of Connecticut to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis. Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery expands the options for women by offering a procedure that effectively treats the cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.

“I actively pursued training in this surgery because it is consistent with Griffin’s patient-centered care philosophy,” Dr. Barajas said. “We focus on supporting the mind, body and spirit of every single patient and in everything we do at the Hewitt Center. The Hidden Scar Surgery helps women both physically and emotionally with its innovative minimally-invasive approach. I’m proud to offer my patients this option, which takes the whole person into consideration in the healing process.”

Each year, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. In Connecticut, more than 3,400 women will be affected, with many unaware of all the surgical options available. Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery allows Dr. Barajas 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 of breast cancer than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.

Performing this surgery through a smaller incision requires consistent illumination throughout the surgical cavity, so surgeons can clearly see and effectively remove the tumor. Surgeons using Invuity’s Intelligent Photonics™ technology to improve their visibility during procedures such as lumpectomy and nipple sparing mastectomy – enabling them to perform more complex, minimally invasive surgeries with greater confidence.

For more information about The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, please call
203-732-1300 or visit http://www.griffinhealth.org/breastcenter. For more information on Hidden Scar Surgery, please visit http://www.breastcancersurgery.com.

About The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital
The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital opened in 2011, combining state-of-the-art technology, a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services. The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness features two state-of-the-art digital mammography suites with 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) capability, a breast ultrasound suite, and advanced stereotactic biopsy. The Center also utilizes a rapid diagnostic model where patients are often given test results the same day imaging tests are performed, and if indicated, follow up testing (ultrasound, breast biopsy) and even consultation with a breast surgeon are often available the same day if the patient’s schedule permits. For more information, call 203-732-1300 or visit http://www.griffinhealth.org/breastcenter.

About Invuity, Inc. (Nasdaq: IVTY):
Invuity, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on developing and marketing advanced photonics devices to 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. Clinical applications include breast and thyroid oncology, plastic reconstructive, spine, orthopedic, cardiothoracic and general surgery among others. Invuity is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit http://www.invuity.com.

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