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What is a post mastectomy/lumpectomy camisole?

A post-surgical camisole, used after breast surgery, provides the support of a bra and pockets for lightweight breast prostheses. These camisoles come in a variety of sizes and materials and are specially constructed for the various needs of breast cancer survivors. Camisoles can be used immediately after any breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstruction. A camisole is a soft, stretchy garment that can be pulled up over the hips if raising the arms is difficult, attached pouches providing for post-surgical drains and non-weighted breast forms.

The typical mastectomy camisole is constructed with two pockets where breast forms can be placed. A lightweight, removable soft breast form can be placed into the pockets of the camisole. The breast forms included with the camisoles are non-weighted, and are used to create a natural profile and improve posture after surgery. The camisole provides support for the patient’s remaining breast and replaces a bra. A mastectomy camisole can be used after a mastectomy, breast reconstruction surgery or a lumpectomy.

Different styles of medical camisoles meet the specific needs of breast cancer survivors. Most private insurance companies, including Medicare, will help you purchase your mastectomy camisoles. Typically, insurance companies will allow 2-4 camisoles during the recovery time immediately following your surgery.

Rx are required for any claims that are to be submitted to any insurance companies. Before your surgery, be sure to call Jay Ann Intimates at 215-942-0120 to schedule an appointment with one of the certified mastectomy fitters. Jay Ann Intimates is located in Huntingdon Valley, as well as our satellite office at Fox Chase Cancer Center at Boo’s Boutique in Robert C. Young Pavillion of the Women’s Center. Your certified mastectomy fitter will measure you for the proper garment, explain care and usage of your camisoles and answer your insurance questions. You will be asked to bring any insurance cards, a photo ID and Rx.

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