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Stupid question re what to wear after masectomy?

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Can you wear regular bras after a masectomy? And what do you do when you go swimming? Do you wear a regular bathing suit? a t-shirt? I know it's a stupid question, but, I'm just looking ahead...

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Right after surgery you will be wrapped in something like a big ace bandage. You will wear this until drains come out. After you don't need the bandage I wore a sports bra. I slept in them for quite a while. I thought they were much more comfortable. Will you have reconstruction? Wear shirts that button up or zip up the front. I wore them for several weeks after surgery as I couldn't raise my arms. If you are not having reconstruction you will probably need a mastecomy bra. I don't know since I wore the sports bra. I hope this helps.


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No question is stupid, not one! I had a lumpectomy, so, I can't be of much help with information, but, the other pink sisters will post for you.

Good luck with your surgery!

Hugs, Debby

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After you heal, you can buy bras that have prosthesis built in or with pockets that you can put a prosthetic into. They also have bathing suits with built in pockets too that you can put whatever size prosthesis you want in them.

Your doctors office should have a name/number of specialty stores that carry these items. If there isn't one in your area, I'm sure there are on-line places. Also, if I'm not mistaken, I believe it's a federal law that insurance reimburse you for the prosthesis as well as the bras. Check with your insurance carrier. And though it's been awhile since I've had the special bras...they were starting to get much more attractive! So I'm sure they're many beautiful choice out there now. :)

Granted, it's been about 5 years since I last wore one. I've since went on and had reconstruction because I just got tired of the whole prosthetic thing. And looking at my half of a boob! (my lumpectomy was somewhat extensive and didn't turn out very good!) But it's a nice option to have if you don't want to go through reconstruction. And the plus?....you can go bigger or smaller whenever you want! LOL.

Hope this helps a little!


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When I left the hospital after surgery - I was strapped down so tight I looked like a boy. A week later Surgeon took the dressing off and from then on I went with my old bras and a soft little 'puff' the local ACS had sent me in a 'care bag' right after surgery. About 3 months later I was fitted for my good pros and got mast. bras. Because of the swelling after surgery it is advisable to wait a while to be fited to get the best fit (at least that's what I was told). I haven't had any problems with mine when swimming or riding or anything else. I was told that if I wanted to swim then to be sure I got a weighted one.

You can get mast. swim suits or you can get 'pockets' that you sew in your suit - what I did.

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Thanks again ladies. It's a question that's kind of been in the back of my mind through this whole thing. I just did 3 mos of neo-adjuvant chemo to shrink the tumor. I see the surgeon this week so surgery is in the next 3 weeks or so. Prior to my diagnosis I lost close to 100 lbs and had started a fairly large inventory of pretty bras from Victoria's secret. Just was hoping I might still be able to wear some of them.

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Yes to everything that has already been posted.

I will add that if your insurance will (and they should) pay for bras and prosthesis, you will need a script from your breast surgeon for that.

Also, the specialty store (or you can find them in catalogs or online) that sells mastectomy supplies, should also carry "liners" that you can sew into your regular bras, bathing suits, whatever...to form a pocket to hold your prosthesis. It's great if you are handy at sewing (I'm not), but my sister sewed some into old bras for me. My old comfy bras..lol!


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The liners that are mentioned above can be purchased through ACS' catalog and mastectomy specialty stores. Also, Land's End has wonderful pocketed swim suits in many different styles, so be sure to check them out. Best of luck with your surgery! Jane

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