Breast Oncology Retractor Donation

Hospital Receives Donation of

New Surgical Retractor Designed by Local Surgeon

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Madera Community Hospital announces the donation of two sets of surgical retractors, valued at $30,000.00, from Invuity, Inc. (San Francisco, CA). The instrument donation, designed in part by Stephen DeSantis, MD, FACS, is marketed internationally as Eikon and Eikon LT for Breast Surgical Oncology. Dr. DeSantis, General Surgeon, is a member of the Madera Medical Staff and The American Society of Breast Surgeons.

In 2014, prior to joining Madera Medical Staff, while on call in Mission Viejo, CA, Dr. DeSantis sketched a set of instruments designed specifically for advanced breast surgery. Sensitive to the emotional and physical trauma of Breast Cancer Surgery, Dr. DeSantis, along with an ice hockey friend, designed and patented an illuminated retractor allowing surgeons to move their incisions to hidden locations. The procedure is called, "Hidden Scar" and the technique is being adopted worldwide for lumpectomies and mastectomies.

In addition to hiding the scar for mastectomies, in some cases the Invuity Retractor also allows the surgeon to spare the breast nipple. "By performing Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery, surgeons effectively treat the cancer, preserve the natural shape of the breast and leave no visible reminder of the procedure," Stephen DeSantis, MD.

The retractor lifts and separates the tissue and provides illumination directly inside of the surgical cavity. "I designed the retractor, my friend Alex Vayser designed the optical light diffuser and Doug Reimer designed the handle," said Dr. DeSantis. "Traditional lighted retractors deliver intense energy to the surgical site and can damage tissue, and surgical headlights are limited and cannot illuminate within a deep location," added Dr. DeSantis.

Outcomes from the Hidden Scar Technique are well documented in the clinical whitepaper; "Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and the Advent of an Enabling Surgical Illumination and Visualization system: Clinical Experience Survey of Thought Leaders in Breast Surgery".*

The Eikon and Eikon LT along with the Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery Technique have been adopted by renowned surgeons and cancer programs throughout the country. The gift from Invuity, Inc. provided the opportunity for surgeons practicing in Madera, including Mohammad Arain, MD, Muhammad Anwar, MD, Rendoll Concepcion, MD, Rame Iberdemaj, MD and Kanwal Singh, MD to receive training on how to use the Eikon retractor. "The new retractor allows optimal aesthetic outcomes without reducing surgical oncology safety and efficacy," Mohammad Arain, Chief of Staff.

About Dr. DeSantis

Stephen DeSantis, MD, FACS, General Surgeon has a private practice with Affiliated Physician Practice, 505 E. Almond Avenue, Suite 109 in Madera. He is accepting new patients by referral only. If your club or organization would like a presentation on Hidden Scar surgery you may schedule with his office, 559-675-8990

About Madera Community Hospital

Our 106 bed General Acute Care hospital was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to providing quality emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents. Today Madera Community Hospital is the County's premier health system providing integrated care through access to primary medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera including 22 medical specialties. Madera Community Hospital continues to receive awards for Labor and Delivery Care, Orthopedic Surgery and is nationally recognized for excellent patient satisfaction and low hospital acquired infection rates. Madera Community Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program and earned a patient safety rating, "B" from The Leapfrog Group in April, 2017. For more information about Madera Community Hospital visit