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Topic: Compression bra

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2020 09:09PM

StartNew12212 wrote:

Did you all wear a compression bra after your mastectomy? I was not given one and my surgeon only wants me in a light shirt-absolutely no bra whatsoever. I keep reading about everyone wearing wraps and/or compression bras. I am so confused on this! Thx!

Dx 6/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/12/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/29/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 21, 2020 11:55AM MinusTwo wrote:

StartNew - each surgeon has their own priorities and recommends different procedures. SOme of this depends on the kind of surgery &/or the type of implants &/or what they discovered during surgery. But it's best to follow the recommendations of your particular surgeon - not your friends or the internet.

I was sent home with a surgical bra - loose, light & held the bandages in place over the incisions. He told me no other bra for at least 2-3 weeks. I did have TEs placed during the BMX.

I did not wear a compression bra until after I developed lymphodema down the road.


2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Aug 21, 2020 12:37PM StartNew12212 wrote:

Thank you, minustwo. I appreciate your response! I also had TEs after a double mx. I am healing well and feel good, so no complaints! :)

Dx 6/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/12/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 9/29/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 21, 2020 10:07PM OnTarget wrote:

My surgeon doesn't recommend bras.

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/14/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Aug 24, 2020 06:25PM KV99 wrote:

I had a nipple and skin sparing bilateral with tissue expanders placed and was told to wear a lightly supportive sports bra, definitely nothing tight andno underwire. Basically I ended up wearing what I call my dog walking bras since I could step into them. I think they did not want any tight compression to give the nipples the best chance at staying alive (which they did).

Dx 8/29/2019, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 9/23/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 9/23/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/23/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 3/3/2020 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 3/3/2020 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Surgery 8/14/2020 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant

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