Dr. Mauricio Castellon Combats Disease through Restoration
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, making it the most common cancer among American women. Nearly everyone has either experienced the disease firsthand or knows of someone who has. Dr. Mauricio J. Castellon of Melbourne combats this disease by seeking to restore what is too often taken away.
Since living in Brevard County for over 12 years, he has served as the chairman of plastic surgery at Holmes Regional Medical Center and has participated in working closely with the trauma center. His practice has evolved toward cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction, and he works closely with most of the general surgeons in Brevard toward the reconstructive process.
Most patients diagnosed with breast cancer have the option of reconstruction after mastectomy. Dr. Castellon and his staff explain the reconstructive process in detail and make sure that all women that visit the office are reassured and all options are discussed, giving patients the utmost care as they transition through a difficult situation. The silver lining is that some patients don’t even know that these procedures are covered by most health insurances.
Making breast reconstruction affordable to patients is at the core of what Dr. Castellon hopes to give back. Many plastic surgeons devote only 10 to 20 percent of their time to insurance cases, because it entails a lot of paperwork and they don’t earn as much in return. In contrast, Dr. Castellon dedicates a large percentage of his time to insurance cases, while also creating an open schedule for women who come directly from mastectomies, thus making the process quick and easy so that they can return to their natural beauty with little time in between. In essence, this level of care reflects the same atmosphere as a cancer care center, in which all patients are supported and accommodated.
Dr. Castellon is a proven expert at the challenge of creating the visual and tangible external representation of femininity with only skin and muscle. “The immediate gratification seen in a thankful patient’s face after creating something deeply important to that person with the foresight of proper surgical planning is art in itself,” said Dr. Castellon. “Plastic Surgery takes the skill of an excellent surgeon to the realization of art.”