Post Operative Mastectomy Shirts to Wear After Breast Cancer Surgery
Seven years ago I had a bilateral mastectomy for breast cancer. You can read more about my Breast Cancer Journey here. After my surgery, I had four drainage tubes coming out of my body. These tubes prevent fluid buildup and patients have to empty and measure the fluid every few hours. Unfortunately, the drains usually stay for about a week or two. I wasn’t sure how to manage the drains at first. At that time we didn’t know of any post operative mastectomy shirts.
What You Used To Have to Wear Recovering from a Mastectomy
Doctors and breast cancer survivors advised me to get a large button down shirt for post operative recovery. Since range of motion is limited, it’s easier to get dressed with button-down shirts after a mastectomy. Also, these post operative button down shirts would serve as an easy hiding place for dangling fluid drains. To deal with these, I was told to use either my husband’s old dress shirts or pick up some cheap shirts from Walmart.
For about a week and a half, I miserably managed the post mastectomy drainage tubes. I safety pinned them to shirts, pants, or front-closure exercise bras. Everything was a challenge including using the restroom without the drains getting in the way. To make the situation even worse, the safety pins would sometime come undone or poke me. Finally, I had the drains removed. What a relief!
New, Better Options for Mastectomy Clothing Post Op
I got an old button down shirt and safety pins for breast cancer surgery recovery. Now, there are better options for post operative mastectomy shirts after breast cancer surgery for recovery and drainage tubes.
A friend of mine here in Austin, who is also a breast cancer survivor, is the inventor of Heal in Comfort, post mastectomy clothing. Cherie Mathews helps women (and men now too) heal in comfort and dignity after breast cancer surgery. The patented healincomfort Mastectomy Shirt not only has internal pockets, it’s also made of a moisture wicking material and Velcro fasteners. I have seen these shirts in person and they are super soft. Oh, I wish they were around 7 years ago.
There are all kinds of recovery kits and fun t-shirts on the site. These would make great, useful gifts! Cherie pointed out, that for the same cost (or less) as a bouquet of flowers, you can get a breast cancer patient a Healincomfort shirt that would be helpful for post op recovery, doctor visits, radiation, chemo, sleeping and daywear. Save them the hassle and embarrassment of using oversized shirts with safety pins.
Get this Healincomfort Recovery Kit that comes with:
Healincomfort Recovery Shirt
“Extra Set of Hands” Wrap-around
A KILI Carrier for shower use
Bad Hair Day Bandana
How fun are these cancer t-shirts?
I chatted with Cherie and she told me she has recently partnered up with Male Breast Cancer Coalition to help guys healincomfort instead of old bungee cords from the garage to manage the drains. Yes, men can get breast cancer too and they deserve to recovery with dignity.
If you would like to learn more, here is a video to show you more about HealinComfort, the Post Operative Mastectomy Shirt for Breast Cancer Patients. Get one here on Amazon or on the HealinComfort site.