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   Posted 3/29/2005 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering, is there any special type of clothing I need after surgery?  I think they will be putting a special bra on me when I go home, but any input would be appreciated. 

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   Posted 3/29/2005 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi janis,I had a masectomy 3 weeks ago and i didnt wear a bra they gave me a tube top wrap to protect the area and i still wear it ,i took a button up top ,its easier to put on after surgery.are you having lumpectomy or masectomy? Tammy( possitive)

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   Posted 3/29/2005 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a tube top with velcro after my 2nd lumpectomy and node biopsy. After my first one, I think I just had a bandage, nothing fancy. But mine was not a mastectomy, so not sure how that relates to your situation. Wriggling into a tight shirt or sweater may be tough, I would consider a button down at first too.


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   Posted 3/29/2005 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a mast. with reconstruction and came home with no bra, no tube top, just drains. Button down is the way to go no matter what you are having done. Sometimes it's hard to raise your arm to pull something over your head. If you think you will have drains, pockets are nice too. Good luck and keep us posted.
Sending hugs and prayers your way.

Sara Dearing
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   Posted 3/29/2005 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Sara.  It's just something I had never thought about.


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   Posted 3/29/2005 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Janis:  Yes, button down tops are the only thing to wear for awhile. Also, might want to consider that type of gown or pj's. Or something that zips up the front. I don't know if you are having a lump. or mastectomy but I did find that I needed a couple good pillows to go under my arm and side and I also spent several nights in the recliner. It was just to difficult to get in and out of bed. I know that you will do great.



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   Posted 4/2/2005 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't get any type of bra or tube top.  I just was sent home with bandages and drains.  It was very hard to lift my arm due to having lymph nodes removeds, so I agree with button tops.  I went out and bought some PJ's that buttoned just because of that.

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   Posted 4/2/2005 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The American Cancer Society gave me a comfort bra, I wore that after my lumpectomy.  It was really comfortable.  I also asked my breast surgeon, and he sent me to the place his mother went to for a "good bra" that would not irritate my portal.  An old-fashoned place in NYC.  It even had a woman who helped you.  When I put them in wrong, she said "let's get your girls in right"  and situated me.  LOL  Made ya feel taken care of
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