Mastectomy in Lexington, KY
For those women in greater Lexington and Georgetown as well as the surrounding communities of Kentucky, Commonwealth Plastic Surgery, led by Dr. Jared Nimtz, can help you achieve your mastectomy goals. Contact us today to set up your mastectomy consultation.
What is a Mastectomy?
If you are fighting breast cancer, if you have had cancer in one of your breasts, if you have had a positive gene test for breast cancer, or if you have a statistically significant family history of breast cancer, then it may be appropriate to consider a mastectomy. A mastectomy performed by Dr. Jared Nimtz is for those for women living in Lexington, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas of Kentucky, who are in different stages of battling breast cancer.
What are the Benefits of a Mastectomy?
A mastectomy is when one or both breasts are surgically removed to reduce the chances of developing cancer or having cancer spread. This decision is often made by women who are either at a high risk of developing breast cancer or who are currently struggling with cancer. If it is preventative, then the procedure is called a prophylactic mastectomy, which is a very serious choice. You should first learn about your individual cancer risks.
Who is a Candidate for a Mastectomy?
A prophylactic mastectomy can significantly lower the chances of a high-risk patient developing breast cancer by 90 percent, although 10 percent of prophylactic mastectomy patients will still be at risk to develop breast cancer after their surgery, which is why it is extremely important to be completely careful when you make the decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy. Having a prophylactic mastectomy doesn’t completely eliminate your chances of getting breast cancer as breast tissue is not limited to the breasts themselves, and it can be found in other regions of the body, including your armpits, the upper part of your abdomen and above your collarbone.
What is the Procedure for a Mastectomy?
A mastectomy is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during your surgery as Dr. Nimtz removes all of the breast tissue, and sometimes the nipple and areola are also removed as well. The procedure can take between two and three hours, and of course, if reconstruction is performed at the same time, your surgery will take longer. Dr. Nimtz frequently makes mastectomy incisions in the shape of an oval around the nipple, running across the width of the breast. Following the incision, the breast tissue is separated from the overlying skin and from the chest wall muscle underneath, and it is removed. If you are having a full radical mastectomy, a certain amount of chest muscle may be removed. Once Dr. Nimtz has removed your breast tissue, if immediate breast reconstruction is desired, he will perform your reconstruction, or you will be carefully sutured, and your recovery process will begin following an overnight stay in the hospital. Dr. Nimtz will give you information about recovering at home, including in terms of taking pain medication, caring for your bandage, and caring for a surgical drain; however, if you have a drain in your breast area or armpit, the drain might be removed before you leave the hospital.
How Much Does a Mastectomy Cost?
The price of your mastectomy procedure will vary depending on your unique treatment needs as well as other related factors. After you meet with Dr. Nimtz, we will identify exactly what your mastectomy procedure will cost, at which time we will give you an all-inclusive quote. We do offer CareCredit® as a financing option, and our office also accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover as well as cash or personal checks.
For those women of greater Lexington and Georgetown as well as the surrounding communities of Kentucky who may require a mastectomy, please select Commonwealth Plastic Surgery for your outstanding mastectomy outcome. Contact us today to set up your consultation!