Xiphoidectomy Frequently Asked Questions

Patients seeking a Xiphoidectomy often have many questions regarding the procedure. Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic discomfort, exploring the possibilities of enhancing your confidence, or simply intrigued by the science behind Xiphoidectomy, you’ve come to the right place.


Our team at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery are delving into the ins and outs of Xiphoidectomy, answering your questions, dispelling myths, and providing valuable insights to help you make informed decisions about this transformative surgical option. Join us as we uncover the key aspects of Xiphoidectomy, from candidacy considerations to recovery tips, and embark on a journey toward a more comfortable and confident you.


Xiphoidectomy FAQs

Q: What is Xiphoidectomy?

A: Xiphoidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the xiphoid process, a small, cartilaginous extension at the lower end of the sternum (breastbone) that ossifies as we age. This procedure is performed to alleviate pain or discomfort caused by a protruding or damaged xiphoid process or for cosmetic reasons.


Q: Does Xiphoidectomy have a different name?

A: Xiphoidectomy is the primary term used to describe the surgical removal of the xiphoid process. It may also be referred to as “xiphoid process excision.”


Q: Who is a good candidate for Xiphoidectomy?

A: A good candidate for Xiphoidectomy is typically someone who experiences persistent pain, discomfort, or other symptoms related to their xiphoid process, or one that has a prominent xiphoid process.


While individual eligibility may vary, here are some common criteria that often define suitable candidates:

  • Xiphoid Pain: Individuals who experience chronic or severe pain localized around the xiphoid process may be good candidates.
  • Xiphoid Trauma: Patients who have suffered trauma to the xiphoid area, such as from an accident or injury, and continue to experience discomfort or pain may benefit from the procedure.
  • Protruding Xiphoid: Some people have a protruding or unusually prominent xiphoid process, which can lead to discomfort when wearing tight clothing or during physical activities. Candidates with aesthetic concerns about the appearance of their xiphoid may also consider Xiphoidectomy.

Q: Approximately how long does a Xiphoidectomy procedure take?

A: The duration of a Xiphoidectomy procedure typically ranges from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the complexity of the case and the patient’s individual factors.


Q: Will there be scarring after a Xiphoidectomy, and how can it be minimized?

A: Yes, there is typically scarring after a Xiphoidectomy, as with any surgical procedure. However, the size and visibility of the scar can vary depending on several factors, including the surgical technique used and individual healing characteristics. It’s important to remember that scarring is a natural part of the healing process, and while it can be minimized, it can not be entirely eliminated. The extent of scarring can vary from person to person.


Q: Can I combine a Xiphoidectomy with other cosmetic procedures?

A: Combining a Xiphoidectomy with other cosmetic procedures is possible in some cases, but it depends on several factors, including the patient’s overall health, the specific procedures involved, and the surgeon’s recommendations. Common cosmetic procedures that might be considered for combination with a Xiphoidectomy, depending on individual circumstances, include male breast reduction, male liposuction, or other male body contouring surgeries. Female breast surgeries or liposuction may also be combined with a xiphoidectomy.


Q: What is the recovery time for a Xiphoidectomy procedure?

A: Recovery time for a Xiphoidectomy procedure varies from patient to patient but generally involves several weeks of rest and limited physical activity. Patients can typically return to normal activities within 4 to 6 weeks, although it may take longer for strenuous activities.


Q: How much does Xiphoidectomy cost at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery?

A: The price of a Xiphoidectomy is approximately $4,675 – $5,200.


Q: Do you accept insurance for a Xiphoidectomy procedure?

A: Unfortunately, Xiphoidectomy procedures are typically not covered by insurance, as they are often considered elective surgeries. However, we offer various payment options to make the procedure more accessible, including cash discounts and the acceptance of Care Credit and major credit cards.


Q: What are your payment terms for a Xiphoidectomy?

A: At North Raleigh Plastic Surgery, we require a 25% deposit at the time of booking for a Xiphoidectomy procedure. The remaining balance is due no later than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled surgery date.


Q: What is included in the cost of the Xiphoidectomy procedure?

A: The cost of a Xiphoidectomy procedure includes essential pre-operative and post-operative visits, the surgical intervention itself, and any necessary surgical supplies.


Q: How many post-op appointments will I have following Xiphoidectomy?

A: The number of post-operative appointments following a Xiphoidectomy can vary but typically includes at least one follow-up visit to monitor your recovery and address any concerns. Your surgeon will create a personalized schedule based on your progress.


Q: Can Xiphoidectomy surgery be financed?

A: Yes, we offer financing options for Xiphoidectomy procedures at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery. Options include Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit, which can be discussed with our team when scheduling your procedure to determine the best financing plan for you.


Contact Our Xiphoidectomy Surgeons in Raleigh Today

​​Are you ready to put an end to persistent discomfort and embrace a more confident you? Our experienced Xiphoidectomy surgeons in Raleigh are here to guide you through every step of your journey.


Don’t wait any longer to reclaim your comfort and confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover how Xiphoidectomy can make a positive difference in your life by calling us at 919-532-2270 or filling out the contact form below to get started.