What is the best bra after mastectomy?

In the first year after breast surgery (such as a mastectomy or lumpectomy), it’s best to wear a bra that has:

  • soft seams.
  • a wide underband (the band that goes under the cups and round your back)
  • deep front and side panels.
  • full cups.
  • cup separation (the centre of the bra between the cups should sit flat on your chest)

Do you wear a bra after double mastectomy?

You have the option to wear a bra or camisole right after mastectomy surgery (with or without reconstruction). Not every person will find this comfortable. You can wear a bra without underwire right after surgery, as long as there is no pressure to drain the site.

Does Medicare pay for bras after mastectomy?

Medicare Benefits Medicare provides partial reimbursement for breast forms, mastectomy bras and post-surgical camisoles regardless of when you had surgery. As many bra as are medically needed which is indicated by your physician. Additional bras may be prescribed as a result of surgery and/or loss or gain of weight.

Do you need a compression bra after mastectomy?

Your breast surgeon might tell you to get a compression bra or vest for wear after surgery. 5 These offer greater coverage of the breasts, back, and underarm tissues. Compression on incisions can also help prevent swelling from fluid buildup as you heal.

How much does a mastectomy bra cost?

How much do mastectomy bras cost? Mastectomy bras vary in cost, but on average are around $45.00.

Can I keep my nipples after mastectomy?

When treating breast cancer with a mastectomy, the nipple is typically removed along with the rest of the breast. (Some women might be able to have a nipple-sparing mastectomy, where the nipple is left in place.

When can I stop wearing a bra after mastectomy?

It is advisable to wear a non- underwired bra / sports bra for at least two weeks after your operation to minimise discomfort and pressure to the breast tissue whilst the area is healing.

What does insurance cover after mastectomy?

In most cases, yes, as long as the insurance plan also covers medical and surgical benefits for mastectomies. But certain church plans and government plans may not be required to pay for reconstructive surgery.

How long do you wear a compression bra after a mastectomy?

How do you prevent drainage after mastectomy?

Using another Q-tip put the antibiotic ointment or Polysporin around the drain site. Place clean gauze over the drain site and tape it in place with medical tape. Use a safety pin to secure the bulb to your underwear. Do this once a day, after you shower.

Is having a mastectomy painful?

You will have some pain after breast surgery (lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction). For most people, this pain is temporary and goes away after you heal from the surgery. About 20 percent of people have pain that lasts longer [240]. Pain right after surgery is usually due to injury to the skin or muscles.

How long can you drive after a mastectomy?

When you can start driving again typically depends on how you feel during recovery. For some people, this may be about 10 days after surgery. For others, it may be longer. You should be off narcotic pain medication before driving again.