When many people think of plastic surgery, their minds automatically see images of face lifts, tummy tucks or a variety of other cosmetic options. However, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dimitrios Danikas, MD, FACS also spends time with women who are battling breast cancer to plan and perform reconstructive surgery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, and has affected the lives of thousands of women in Eastern Kentucky. Patients who have surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment may choose breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the breast’s shape and look, a procedure offered at PMC.

“The growing number of women faced with a breast cancer diagnosis in our region strengthened the decision to provide a reconstructive surgery option for our patients during their breast cancer journey,” explained PMC Hematologist/Oncologist Christopher Croot, MD. “We offer our patients advanced services to detect and treat breast cancer. However, PMC offers reconstructive surgery of the breast to give them back much of what cancer has taken away.”

For qualifying patients, breast reconstruction is a surgical process of rebuilding the breast’s shape and look which involves using tissue, prosthetic implants or a combination of both to reconstruct a natural-looking breast. Dr. Dimitrios Danikas specializes in breast reconstruction surgery, and performs this surgery on a regular basis at Pikeville Medical Center.

For patients facing a mastectomy, PMC’s multidisciplinary team assembled to fight cancer is here to help. PMC provides the region’s most advanced reconstructive breast surgery services, combining the latest in breast cancer care with sophisticated plastic surgery techniques to preserve and restore shape, form, beauty and function.