I went back to the NJ hospital where I'd originally scheduled my mastectomy, the one that wasn't nipple-sparing. This time I chose a different surgeon there, just got his name off the hospital website...and he absolutely thinks I'm a candidate for the skin/nipple sparing mastectomy (S/NSM) and would do essentially the same one that they are offering me in Westchester. I like him, and he trained at Sloan Kettering so he's got good oncological cred.
Suddenly there is a plethora of people willing to give me what I want, I hardly know what to do with myself!
So, if you're confused, here's how it stands now: I could have my S/NSM at either the original hospital I planned but just switch cancer surgeons, or I could go to the new hospital I spoke of in my last two posts. I like all the doctors involved, both the cancer docs and plastic surgeons at either place.
There are some differences but so far the main glaring one is between facilities. One hospital is a university medical center the other is a small (and I mean small) community hospital. The docs at the small hospital are renowned and people do travel there from around the country just to have breast reconstruction. But on the other hand being in a big university hospital, like the kind where they fly you in by helicopter if it's serious, well, that sounds good to me if something were to go horribly wrong. While I've never had a blood clot yet (knock wood) I do have two of those pesky mutant genes just waiting to potentially express themselves.
I truly can't decide...this is tough.
I'm going to make appointments to see both breast surgeons again ASAP. I'm fairly confident in all the plastic surgeons involved, so now it's time to concentrate on the cancer issues...things like sentinel node biopsy methods, clear margin measurements, DVT monitoring...all that stuff that is the important part of this ordeal.
As of right now, I could have the mastectomy in either facility w/in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Time's moving VERY fast!