Prophylactic Mastectomy in Lexington, KY
You may consider prophylactic mastectomy if you have had cancer in one breast, a positive gene test for breast cancer or a strong family history of breast cancer. A prophylactic mastectomy will be performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William L. Dowden at Dowden Plastic Surgery for women living in Lexington, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas of Kentucky.
What is a Prophylactic Mastectomy?
A prophylactic mastectomy is when one or both breasts are surgically removed to reduce the chances of developing cancer. It is a decision made by many women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer. Since the decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy is a drastic one, you should first learn your individual cancer risk.
Be careful when you make the decision to have a prophylactic mastectomy, and not in a hurried manner. Talk with a genetic specialist to learn about your cancer risk, and consult with a psychologist to discuss your feelings about the surgery. Having a prophylactic mastectomy doesn’t mean that you will never get breast cancer as breast tissue might be found in other areas such as your armpits, the upper part of your abdomen and above your collarbone.
Benefits of Prophylactic Mastectomy
A prophylactic significantly reduces the chances of a high-risk woman developing breast cancer by 90%, but 10% of women will still develop breast cancer after the surgery.
Your Prophylactic Mastectomy Consultation
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dowden for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for a prophylactic mastectomy. During the consultation, Dr. Dowden will examine you and review your medical and family history. He will also discuss the possible risks of the surgery. Breast reconstructive surgery will also be discussed at your consultation. In many cases, we perform reconstructive surgery immediately after a mastectomy. There are several types of breast reconstructive surgeries; Dr. Dowden will discuss the best option for you.
Am I a Candidate for Prophylactic Mastectomy?
Individuals who are at high-risk of developing breast cancer are considered candidates for prophylactic mastectomies. These people include those with first-degree relatives who’ve had breast cancer, as well as their own history of breast cancer.
How Much Does a Prophylactic Mastectomy Treatment Cost in Lexington?
Prophylactic mastectomy prices vary from patient to patient, so give us a call today, and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to assist you. We recommend setting up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dowden, where you can discuss your questions and concerns in a one-on-one setting. We offer financing and accept cash, checks, and major credit cards.
If you want to learn more or have any questions about prophylactic mastectomy, contact us at 859-274-4201. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have and help you schedule a consultation. Dowden Plastic Surgery serves patients throughout Lexington, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas of Kentucky.