Jan 11, 2022 08:17PM beesie.is.out-of-office wrote:
Many facilities have been doing mastectomies as an outpatient procedure for years. I was lucky that both times I had overnight hospital stays but I don't think that's been the norm for a while.
Not having someone with you at the hospital stinks, but with regard to drains...you are the person who needs to be trained - I think most often patients do their own drains. I did and never had a problem. If you want someone else to do them for you, you can show that person how to do it. It's actually pretty easy
Genetic testing... are you young and/or do you have a family history of breast cancer? Those are usually the criteria for testing. And in the end, only about 15% of breast cancers are caused by genetic mutations; even many people with extensive family histories of cancer are often found to have no genetic mutations - that was the case for me.
A bilateral is something you may choose for reasons other than genetics, and to my understanding, in the U.S. it is the law that your insurance company has to pay for surgery to the contralateral breast. With regard to the mastectomy vs. bilateral mastectomy decision, this thread might be helpful:Topic: Considerations: Lumpectomy w/Rads vs. UMX vs. BMX https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/91/topics...
Sorry you've had a bad day! The whole situation is overwhelming and sometimes it just hits you. Hope tomorrow is better!