May 11, 2016
With the right guidance, your mastectomy bra fitting can be a smooth, easy experience.
Whether you recently had a mastectomy or will be having one in the near future, you will need a few post-mastectomy bras that are comfortable and functional. A mastectomy bra provides the support needed for a breast prosthesis, featuring pockets to hold your breast form in place. Choosing the right mastectomy bra is important, as the support they provide can help you avoid potential back problems common in some post-mastectomy patients. As you prepare for your first professional mastectomy bra fitting, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to find success while you shop.
When to Schedule a Fitting
In most cases, doctors will give their patients the “okay” to schedule a fitting with a mastectomy bra store anywhere from six to eight weeks after the initial surgery. What is most important is that your incision site has completely healed prior to being fitted for a breast prosthesis and a mastectomy bra.
Choosing the Right Breast Form and Bra
There are countless options available to you when you start shopping for a mastectomy bra. Whether you are looking for something feminine or are more focused on comfort and function, your mastectomy fitter can assist you. There are seamless, racer back and underwire options available. It is a good idea to try on several different styles of mastectomy bras to be certain the post-mastectomy prosthesis you are using will fit the bra properly.
A mastectomy fitter will help you through every step of the fitting, conducting the necessary measurements and helping you try on each bra. Be honest and upfront about what you like and do not like to ensure correct sizing and ideal comfort.
Purchasing the Right Amount of Bras
As a general rule, it is a good idea to purchase at least three mastectomy bras: one to wear, one to wash, and one to rest. The average cost of a mastectomy bra is similar to that of a standard bra, so you can find multiple options in your price range.
When to Schedule Return Fittings
Most insurance providers cover the purchase of about two bras a year with a prescription from your physician, so you should feel comfortable establishing a relationship with your mastectomy fitter and scheduling semiannual or annual fittings. Weight fluctuations are also a common reason to schedule regular fittings. If you gain or lose even five pounds, having another fitting is recommended to make sure your bra fits. Furthermore, it is recommended that you have a fitting at least once a year even if you do not think you have gained or lost a significant amount of weight.
Each time you purchase a new bra, it’s good to have a new fitting to ensure proper fit with your breast forms.
If you would like to learn more about mastectomy bras, contact Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics today at 501-683-8889 to schedule a fitting.