March 12, 2018
There are many different options when it comes to a post-mastectomy breast form. Knowing who to ask and what to ask about breast forms can help you make the best choice for you.
A breast prosthesis, or breast form, helps restore a balanced appearance following a mastectomy. With a proper mastectomy bra fitting in Arkansas, a breast form can help restore symmetry and can be a less invasive alternative to reconstructive breast implant surgery. If you have recently had a mastectomy, here are five important questions to review before making the decision to get breast forms.
What types of breast forms are available?
There are a variety of breast forms designed for different situations and activities. While your wound is healing after your mastectomy, you can choose to wear a soft temporary breast form. These come in the form of fabric pockets stuffed with fluffy material to provide cushion and comfort. When you’re ready, you can move on to a permanent silicone breast form. Specially designed to match your specific breast or body proportions, this form fits into a pocket in your mastectomy bra.
Other types of breast forms include detachable silicone nipples, breast forms for swimming, and foam or knitted breast forms to provide relief when you don’t need to wear your silicone forms.
Where can I go to get fitted for breast forms?
Your doctor or health care provider can refer you to a specialized breast form fitter. Reputable orthotics fitters can guide you through the process of a mastectomy bra fitting in Arkansas. You will learn your options, how to care for your breast forms, and all the information you need to make a smart decision on how you want to look and feel. Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you to help you relax and get a second opinion. The fitter can also help you find a mastectomy bra store. In Arkansas, Horton Orthotics & Prosthetics provides experienced breast form fitting services.
Does insurance cover the cost of breast forms?
According to Medicare.gov, Medicare Part B covers breast forms, or external breast prostheses after a mastectomy. Medicare Part A covers surgically implanted breast prostheses if the surgery occurs in an inpatient setting. Medicare Part B covers outpatient breast reconstruction surgery.
Who is eligible for breast forms?
All people with Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and/or Part B (medical insurance) are eligible for breast prostheses.
How much do breast forms cost under original Medicare?
For the external breast prostheses and doctor services, you are responsible for 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount after the Part B deductible. For inpatient (hospital) surgeries to implant breast prostheses, you are responsible for the Part A hospital care expenses. You may also be responsible for the cost of garments such as a mastectomy camisole. In Arkansas, it’s best to ask your doctor or health care provider to understand the total cost of your breast form.
Horton Orthotics & Prosthetics can help you understand your options when it comes to a post-mastectomy breast form. Please contact us at 501-683-8889 for more information, or to make an appointment today.