The decision to have a mastectomy is a difficult one, and we know how traumatic the process can be. The diagnosis of breast cancer and the myriad choices that must be made can be overwhelming for women and their loved ones. If you are facing the prospect of breast cancer, trust your care to Dr. John Rimmer. Not only is Dr. Rimmer the leading mastectomy surgeon in Palm Beach County, but he is renowned for his truly compassionate approach to care.

What is a Mastectomy?

Mastectomy refers to a surgical procedure that removes one or both breasts. The surgery is intended to treat existing cancer or to prevent cancer in patients with a family history of breast cancer. A mastectomy typically removes all breast tissue, including the nipple; however, recent advances allow surgeons to preserve the actual skin of the breast. Following the procedure, a patient can opt for breast reconstruction surgery to restore the shape of the lost tissue.

Is a Mastectomy Always Necessary?

This depends largely on the patient, their condition, and their personal preferences. This issue has been much discussed lately, following the decision of well-known celebrities who opted for full preventative mastectomies. Be aware though, that mastectomy is not always necessary.

In some cases, a tumor can be removed from the breast via a simple lumpectomy. While a lumpectomy must usually be followed up with a course of radiation treatment, the breast is preserved and the surgery is less invasive.

It is important to discuss your options thoroughly with your doctor, as each case is unique. While lumpectomy is the best approach in certain cases, many women are opting for full mastectomy to ensure that cancerous cells are fully eradicated.

Start with Expert Advice

If you’re facing difficult decisions regarding breast health, come and talk to someone who truly cares. Dr. Rimmer is the leading mastectomy surgeon in Palm Beach County, and you can count on expert care in a supportive, compassionate, caring environment. To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rimmer, please contact our office at 561-748-1242.