Expectations

Standards of Care

Post-mastectomy care begins immediately after surgery and extends throughout a lifetime.  Proper post-surgical care encompasses several stages of care, including perioperativethe three stages of the operation: preoperative, intraoperat... including preoperative fitting and counseling, immediate post-operative (pre-prosthetic), immediate reconstruction, delayed reconstruction and external breast prosthesis(prosthetic).  External breast prostheses may be used in conjunction with reconstruction, as an intermediate treatment before delayed reconstruction or as a permanent option (Lifelong Care).

External breast prostheses may be used in conjunction with reconstruction, as an intermediate treatment before delayed reconstruction or as a permanent option.

External breast prosthetic care includes many different types of garments and prosthetics specially designed for each stage of healing: post-operative, intermediate, permanent.  The Post Mastectomy Care Standard recommends a progression through the stages of post-mastectomy care for proper healing and fit.