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I am going to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. Can anyone give me advice for what to bring to the hospital and what types of bras are best after surgery?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 6 years
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Good morning, I was told to wear a underwire bra that morning. They did put it on me over my dressing and under the ace wrap. I was to wear underwire bras to help form your new breast with the implant in the healing process. Make sure you also take a loose fitting button down blouse. It'll be hard to raise your arms to get a Tshirt on for a while so stock up on button down blouses. You may have drains in so they will safety pin it to the inside of the blouse so light denim or something similar that no one can see the drains is good. Also loose fitting pants for me my swelling from the surgery went all the way down to my coccyx I had taken jeans and couldn't button them. In the car for the ride home have a bucket or basin and towel I was nauseous from the anesthesia and pain meds.
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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    Ask your surgeons nurse what they prefer you to wear as far as bras some surgeons have reconstruction bras and some want you to wear sports bras with a front opening
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Button down shirts for a few days, my doctor gave me 2 surgi bras with zippers and once the drains were out I was advised to wear sports bras. I bought a few compression sports bras and they offer good support and cut down on discomfort.
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  • Lisa Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I had the same procedure done in January 2012! My doctor gave me a bra to wear home and then I went back to her office and was fitted for bras! I don't know if your insurance covers it! It is fittingsbymichele.com! I hope that helps some, I wore a sun dress home!
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I've had 2 separate mastectomies with multiple reconstructions. The docs like "front loaders" - the kind that fasten in the front, NO UNDERWIRE. Following my most recent reconstruction in May I woke up with such a bra on. I hadn't brought one...

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      I've had 2 separate mastectomies with multiple reconstructions. The docs like "front loaders" - the kind that fasten in the front, NO UNDERWIRE. Following my most recent reconstruction in May I woke up with such a bra on. I hadn't brought one with me. Lots of velcro, which was nice. Check with your doc to see if you need to get one or whether they'll provide it. Good luck! Also - loose clothing, zip up the front if possible (to wear home).

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    • Mary Mangus Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi, I am learning that there are so many different approaches that doctors take. I had a bi-lat mastectomy on 5/15. I was sent home with soft, clear bandages only and told not to wear a bra or anything else that would hurt my stitches and those...

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      Hi, I am learning that there are so many different approaches that doctors take. I had a bi-lat mastectomy on 5/15. I was sent home with soft, clear bandages only and told not to wear a bra or anything else that would hurt my stitches and those clear bandages came off a week later. I had no Ace bandages or anything after the bandages! I was unlucky and could not find a camisole so I made one from one of my husband's t-shirts to carry the bottles around. So I had no "support" system recommendations from my plastic surgeon. She said just be comfortable and said I did not need compression. I only had one node removed. Everything worked for me fully within 3 days. I had complete mobility back and no other problems. The only thing that bugs me is that these tissue expanders don't seem to be filling out front and center--rather they are expanding towards my sides. LOL!

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  • Lisa M Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Good luck to you :) After my surgery, I did not use bras for a while. I used a large ace bandage that they sent me home with and it felt good as it was tight and supported me. After a while, I used camisoles with the built in bras and lived in them throughout most of my recovery and through/after the implant surgery. Just find what is most comfortable for you as it will be difficult to lift your arms for a while. Take care!!
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  • Gina Berger Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had to wear an open front bra. The sports bra is real comfortable!
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  • jc lin Profile
    anonymous
    Patient
    I am told the best is muumuu dress, I am also bring in button front shirt and draw string pants, as for bra, my surgeon will provide me the first one. Best luck to your surgery, mine is in July.
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  • valerie dunn Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I just had surgery May 24th. I have not had a bra on since. The doctor wraps me with ace bandages -2 of them 6" wide- I have pretty good use of my arm (the one they took a lymph node from) but still difficult to imagine trying to get into a sports bra. I just wear the ace bandages all the time to keep the swelling down. They need adjusted all the time, so make sure that you have someone nearby that can help re wrap when they start to bunch up. I have not much feeling under my arm or on the tumor side... So until I either feel more or can maneuver better I'm sticking with the ace. I think it's whatever is most comfortable for you and your mobility
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  • Mary Mangus Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Some good advice here. I had exactly the same surgery that you are having, Mine was done on 5/15. Good luck! You can do this. BIG, button down shirts are a must while you have the drains so take one to the hospital to come home in. If you can get a mastectomy camisole before the surgery that would be great. They hold the drains. I could not find one before my surgery so I had to McGyver one out of a T-shirt once I got home. I would not bother to take any PJs or nightgowns because you will use their lovely gowns, Let me give you a few other things to take. Chapstick, Lifesavers or small hard candies, a body spray scent that you absolutely love (it will lift your spirits). I also wished I had taken a few throat lozenges because my throat was really sore after surgery from the tube. As for bras after surgery, there are so many options. What I have found to be most comfortable for me with these pesky tissue expanders is the Genie Bra. I got mine 2 sizes larger than I normally wear and I can pull them up over my hips very easily. They also did not interfere with my drain holes. I got the one with the lightweight pads. I also was lucky enough to get a pair of "knitted knockers" that were made by some local ladies who donate them to the breast center I went to. They work GREAT when you stuff them into your Genie bra! The Ahh Bra is very similar to the Genie. Good luck and best wishes.
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