The Visica Treatment System uses cryoablation to remove benign breast tumors and is a less-invasive alternative to surgery.
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Dr. Travis Stork: Certainly some moms are more concerning than others, and when Stacey found a lump she didn’t know what it was. Stacey: I remember the exact day that I found a lump. I was in the shower, everything flashed before me, thinking my kids aren’t going to have a mom. I remember even reading my kids’ stories over that period and thinking how important that moment was. I went to the doctor. I had a biopsy done and about three days later the results came in. And my doctor told me that it wasn’t cancer and the breast lump was benign. I was definitely very relieved and I knew I wanted it to be out. Dr. Dianna Attai: We went over her options, one is keeping an eye on it, the other is surgery and the third would be cryoablation. You are ready? Stacey: Yeah. Dr. Dianna Attai: All right. Stacey: Ready to get this. Dr. Dianna Attai: Taking care of. Stacey: Yeah, I definitely didn’t want to have a surgery, I didn’t want to have a scar. Dr. Dianna Attai: Cryoablation refers to a cryo which is freezing and then ablation, when we are ablating tissue it’s just destroying tissue and be absorbed by the body, so the scaring is little to none. So there it is. It’s about 1.3 cm. Now we’re going to start putting that -- all the way up to the fibroid and all that, through it, above it and below it. The importance of doing this with the Sonosite is that I can be incredibly precise. We are going to start freezing. It cools the tissue down to -160 degree Celsius. Cells cannot survive that degree of cold and all you see there is ice-ball that means it’s fully engulf. We’re never going to see it again ever. Better than surgery, right? Stacey: Much better than surgery -- Dr. Lisa Masterson: Dr. Dianna Attai is here with Stacey today. Three weeks after your procedure, right? Stacey: Yeah. Dr. Lisa Masterson: How do you feel? Stacey: Amazing, I feel back to normal. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Did you have a scar or anything like that? Stacey: There is like a little dash, that’s it. There is nothing there. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Tiny as you can Dr. Travis Stork: And that’s what was amazing. If you look at the pictures, we have a still image of the scar from cryoablation next to a lumpectomy, and literally you can barely see it when you compare it to the traditional lumpectomy. Dr. Dianna Attai: The scaring is little to none. And even though we try and be much more cosmetic with our lumpectomies and leave as little scaring as possible there is no way as a surgeon I could take out a lump even as small as her’s was through such a tiny scar in the operating room. So the procedure is really just amazing for these types of tumors. Dr. Lisa Masterson: It is just great. I mean, and you’re going to keep yourself breast exams, right? Stacey: Absolutely. I would never have known if I hadn’t checked, and I check all the time, I think it’s extremely important. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Yeah, it’s huge. Dr. Travis Stork: And it’s also being used for other things? Dr. Dianna Attai: Absolutely, cryoablations, we are studying that for years in small breast cancers, so just like in Stacey’s case where we did not have to take her to surgery for her benign tumor, we are getting to the point where small breast cancers we may not have to take woman to the operating room for that. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Right, so keep doing your self breast examines. Dr. Travis Stork: This is great stuff. Continue good luck to you. Stacey: Thank you! Dr. Travis Stork: Thank you both for joining us today! Stacey: Thank you very much!