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SouthCoast Health’s Dr. Christa L. Jillard earns designation as Hidden Scar Surgeon from Invuity

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

SouthCoast Health’s Dr. Christa L. Jillard, director of the practice’s High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, has been recognized as a Hidden Scar Trained Surgeon as designated by the surgical device manufacturer Invuity.

Dr. Jillard is the first surgeon in Savannah to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis. The procedure treats the cancer while optimizing cosmetic results.

“I was thrilled to achieve this level of certification,” Dr. Jillard said. “It represents my dedication toward achieving not only a superior oncologic outcome for my patients, but also an excellent cosmetic result. Women today should be afforded with the surgical options to beat cancer while embracing a positive body image. I am proud to advocate for this in my practice.”

Each year, approximately 405,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), with 1-in-8 women (12 percent) developing invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The Hidden Scar technique allows the physician 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.

“Dr. Jillard’s achievement in earning her Hidden Scar Certification is a wonderful accomplishment in that she has demonstrated the technical ability to perform advanced breast surgery in a manner which leaves the patient not only a great oncological result but also, when possible, little visible reminder of their battle with breast cancer,” said Darlene Makker, Invuity senior area sales manager. “Dr. Jillard’s Hidden Scar Certification is testimony to not only her surgical skill but also to her outstanding commitment to advancing women’s health!”

Whether you are looking for a primary care doctor or a pediatrician, or another medical specialist, SouthCoast Health has you covered with its wide range of world-class healthcare services, available throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. SouthCoast Health has 120 physicians and medical professionals in 18 locations in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Pooler, Rincon, Baxley, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Hinesville, and Statesboro. SouthCoast Health offers comprehensive medical services including: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Imaging, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Sleep Medicine, Surgery, Clinical Trial Research Studies, Diabetic Self-Management Training Sessions, Dietetic Counseling, High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, Laboratory Services, Massage Therapy, Optical Shop, Pharmacy, and Urgent Care.

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