Surg Endosc 2002 Feb 16;16(2):302-6. Epub 2001 Nov 16.
Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China.
Background: Endoscopic surgery has been applied successfully in breast lump excision, breast augmentation, subcutaneous mastectomy for gynecomastia, and axillary dissection. Since subcutaneous mastectomy has been proven to be oncologically safe for early breast cancer, we have sought to develop a reproducible minimally invasive endoscopic-assisted technique to address this condition.
Methods: Between December 1998 and May 1999, endoscopic-assisted subcutaneous mastectomy and axillary dissection with immediate reconstruction using a mammary prosthesis was performed in nine patients with early breast cancer at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong. Read More