Hello Astra, sorry if this is a bit late but I had a mastectomy last year and found some very comfy bras, front fasteners, soft cotton one etc on Asda online.. Only available online but don't cost much. Just search fir Asda Post operative bras..
Hope your healing well
Thanks for your suggestions. I have had the op and am using the sainsbury's soft cotton bras I couldn't find a well fitting cotton front fastening bra. My under arm wound is right on the bra line so I have been using cotton loose weave dressing for added protection. Wounds are healing ok, but both are still a bit sensitive, guess that's to be expected after only 2 weeks though.
I hope you are managing well.
I don’t know if you’ve had your op but I used one of those front fastening cotton bras in a larger cup than my own. The first day after the op I just used a tight t shirt then I wore this sports bra thing that I was given on the Ward. It was white, soft and a nursing/sports bra. Dead comfy. The SNB cuts were higher than the bra so no rubbing. Good luck xx
Hi Astra 😘 front opening pj’s for after op, if you are having a drain get dressing gown with big pockets and an inside tie bit, I tied the drain bottle to that made it much easier to move round, I know others who wanged their bottles in a canvas bag and gone out for a shop after 🤪🤪 remember treats and pampering are good, give yourself a little something or a big something as you get through each treatment 😁😁 also book on the look good feel better at your local Macmillan and if you are Derbyshire or Yorkshire there is the spirit and soul equine assisted therapy you can do (4 free sessions funded by Macmillan- book via your centre) and have a massive treat planned for when you’ve completed treatments 👍something special like a holiday you’ve always wanted to go on, a handbag you’ve always wanted, anything really but make it really special 👍👍it gives you focus to aim for 😘😘💕💕✨✨Shi xx
Hi Annie and Shi
Hope things are well with you both.
I had my pre op today, now loads of reading to do. My op date is a week today.
I am a little concerned about the after affects of the anaesthetic and if my blood glucose remains stable.
I am thinking there is so much to take in I have to take one step at a time.
Got some pampering information from the hospital for after op when feeling up to it.
Thank you both for your kind words and helpful input.
Hi Astra, sounds like the £6 soft cotton Sainsbury’s ones I’ve got, I have as a bit 😳on the support to start with but they are so blooming comfy I couldn’t care less about the support. The M&S gym bra with zip front and racer back were my go to post surgery bra to start with again it just did the job and was comfy 😘😘💕💕✨✨Shi xx
I am settling for an old cotton bra with back extender Shi
Also I bought a 100% soft cotton stretch no seams cup in Sainsbury's £6
Whether its going to be enough support I don't know. at least will stop some of the drag.
Nothing else seems to fit right.
I never found a bra that fits perfect with centre laying flat on sternum and cup fitting perfect no over hangs of flesh and no strap shoulder dig ins as said a good fitting bra should be.
Thanks so much Shi, I will check out those suggested areas.
Its ironic the problem breast is my smaller breast as it is.
I like cotton bras best. I was getting stressed about not being able to find a suitable bra that fitted for post surgery then the nurse said just use one of your old soft bras. Problem is I don't think they are suitable. the build in shelf support on the vests she said are no good which is what I have been wearing.
I did get a load of different sizes of Sainsbury's soft cotton to try and decided to go for the slightly larger cup one although I am not sure its going to be ok initially. Still looking for a suitable soft cotton front fastening one, some I have looked at don't seem to support well.
Thanks so much Shi for your suggestions.
Hi Anniej, thank you so much for your reply, its very helpful, it is a bit like a horror movie re mutilation. The nurse told me not to worry its an easy op .... mmmm....
I have my pre op date next Wednesday when the wire goes in and the following Wednesday the actual op, they have said they won't know the actual diagnosis and treatment till both tumour and lymph has been removed and studied further.
I just feel I want to do as much for my body to help recover and heal as I can. I'm getting phantom chat from both breasts at the minute and lymph in right armpit in the form of discomfort and complaint. Bonkers! Although the nurse said its normal to feel the sensation because of having had the biopsy previously.
So glad you have healed so well Anniej
Hi Astra, this waiting business is a lot to bear, isn’t it? Once you are on the cancer conveyor belt you will feel much better, I can assure you. I had a WLE over 2 years ago. I had a super plastic surgeon who lifted the areole, removed the 3 cms . tumour and then reattached the areole. To be honest it looked pretty horrific with black stitching , but there are no visible signs now. I’ve got a bit of a dent but I think she shuffled bits around, and the nipple isn’t as pink, but hey ho, I only need my boobs to fill my clothes out, I’m not feeding babies 👶. The op was much less painful than I imagined, but the lymph excision required a drain, so that was more problematic. I still have sensation in the nipple as that wasn’t touched. I was advised to get front fastening firm support bras. It’s practically impossible with an F cup, so I went for crop tops once the drain came out. Much cheaper option. Arm holes were cut low too, so it was easy to check wounds. Some ladies were able to get away with sports bras. Cotton is best as chemo really made me sweat. I wasn’t allowed any creams or deodorants on the wounds until the healing was well under way. Your BC nurse should advise you on this. There was no bruising on me. The cut on me was low into the arm pit, and I have been left with quite a hollow. Once I was given permission I used bio oil to help thin the scars, and they are practically invisible. Get some nice soft baby face cloths to wash and dab your arm pits. Get paraban free roll on deodorants for when you are healed. Check your toiletries and get rid of any which may irritate and upset your skin during treatment. My nurse did not recommend any spray cans at all for cancer girls . Get pjs for your recuperation. Bit more coverage when your wounds are checked. Button down tops for easy access. You can pm me if you need more. Keep in mind that the sooner you begin treatment then the sooner it’s over. That the medical team are on your side, and your success is their success. We are here for you. We’ve all been there, done that, and have the tea shirt to prove it! Not saying it isn’t hard, but it’s doable . Hugs. X
Hi Astra 👭sorry you find yourself on these forums. I had a therapeutic mammoplasty (boob made smaller and reshaped) post surgery I had M&S zip front sports bras with racer back and went up from 36 to a 40 to accommodate swelling post op, when healing had settled switched to some lovely soft Sainsbury’s cotton ones £6 each and then just stuff smaller side with some stuffing from knitted knocker that I sent off for (they don’t do partial knitted knockers) so I yanked stuffing out and it works fine. It’s a rollercoaster and emotions will be up and down, there is the someone like me option and ask the nurse option and usually a monthly surgery thread which could help 👭too Astra. 👭👭💕💕✨✨Shi xx
Saw local breast clinic cosultant and nurse. Waiting for op date.
I didn't think to ask what other options just sort of accepted the required op.
I was told they are going to cut close to the nipple but I thought the tumour was under and toward the middle.
I am concerned about nerve damage cutting closer to the nipple.
Initial just DCIS high grade from biopsy then they looked closer and found invasive cancer cells so now they are also going to take lymph to be sure its not there even though nothing under arm showed on ultrasound.
I was in shock I guess to begin with and putting on a brave face after that, today is the first day I feel tearful.
I'm upset because I can't get a suitable fitting bra. I tried on loads in M&S yesterday and not one fits entirely properly, though I would try the local specialist bra shop locally next.
I usually go for cotton bras that have some stretch to accommodate good fitting in the cups on both breasts. The one that was recommended in M&S looks awful and is so puckered in the cup on the breast I am to be operated on. I don't feel its comfortable nor give support to that breast. Its quite high around the armpit and I don't know where abouts they will cut in the arm pit.
How important is it to have the centre front of the bra flat against the sternum does any one know?
Not sure how much swelling there will be after the op.
I was looking at Damart that cotton hook eye front fastening 2 pack, I am wondering whether to send for them to try. I thought cotton important as sleeping in first 2 days / nights.
I guess I am just ultra upset today.
Is it ok to use arnica cream or take arnica tablets for bruising before and during healing does anyone know?
Many thanks for any suggestions and support.