Hi Sturtmoor, there is plenty of advice on here for you, but the thing to remember is that everyone is very different. You will be swollen after the op, so buying bras pre op may be wasteful. You will be advised by your BC nurse both as to bras and moisturisers. Every hospital is different and advise differently . I bought two good bras from M&S after my biopsies and before my op. They supported my wounded boob, but were too uncomfortable after my op. I have big boobs, so a sports bra was out of the question. I ended up with six crop tops from Asda. Perfect as I had to wear them day and night. I now wear M&S post op t shirt bras. After chemo and rads I can't bear the feel of lace on my skin, also the little padding helps cover the dent left by my op. My advice would be, don't get ahead of yourself, make sure underwear is comfy, listen to your medical team. Good luck on your journey. 🍀
I will look out for those t-shirt bra's, thanks! It may be a case of seeing what I can get depending on where the scars end up. I can see listening to both of you that trying to get something before the op is going to be pointless! 🙂
Hugs to you xx
Thanks for your advice,
My lump is closer to the bottom band, and then the lymph nodes as you say are towards the top, so I will have fun with scars no matter what I buy I think! 🙂 I have been told a good sports bra is comfortable, it may be I wait until after the op, go braless for as long as I can manage (not possible in work!), and see what I can put up with when I know exactly where the scars are going to be.
Sorry to hear you have to now have the mastectomy, hugs to you and hope your see the end of it all soon xxx
Hi sturtmoore, i brought a post op bra which was quite expensive, found it very tight and uncomfortable, wore it once , i got a double pack of tee shirt bras with no wires from marks and spencer for about 8.00 and they were perfect, still wear them now, my op was july, as for creams all hospitals seem different for recomendations, mine adviced, simple soap to wash with, aveeno moisturiser, or aloe vera gel 99 percent pure, and diprobase was another suggestion, i used all 3, my favourite was aveeno.
Good luck on your journey, all the best
I have recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and I am trying to be prepared for recovery after the operation (on 30th November) and also after Radiotherapy (which I am pretty certain I will be having although any other treatment is unknown at this point). I am having a single lump removed, and I think 2 sentinel nodes at this initial stage.
I need to have my bra size confirmed, to make sure I get something that fits properly after the op, but I am not sure when the best time to do this is. Should I go before the op, while my boobs are untouched, or should I go after the op?
I see from another thread that either the Genie bra or the Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra is the most comfortable to wear, so I hope to get some of those, but want to be sure what size to get first!
I know people take different times to recover from surgery, and there is also the possibility of further surgery if they need to take more tissue, but approximately how soon after the (last) op would wearing a bra be ok?
As a separate issue, I know that I am likely to have radiotherapy and that can cause dryness of the skin etc, so I am wondering what the best type of moisturing lotion is to use to help alleviate this as much as possible? Any particular brands recommended? Any other advice as far as this is concerned would be gratefully appreciated too.
Thanks all, your time and assistance is very much appreciated.