Navigating the unfamiliar world of breast form prostheses and clothing options after breast surgery can feel overwhelming. Luckily, a certified mastectomy fitter at an accredited breast form store can help make the post-breast surgery journey easier.
Who are certified mastectomy fitters?
Certified mastectomy fitters (CMFs) are allied health professionals who have received special training for providing breast form prostheses and post mastectomy services for patients and clients who have had any form of mastectomy surgery.
These professionals have successfully completed courses in American Breast Care, and have passed certification exams by either the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABOC) or The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC). The ABOC also provides accreditation for breast form stores and mastectomy facilities that meet rigorous standards of care and professionalism.
There are many advantages for patients who choose to work with certified mastectomy fitters at accredited facilities such as A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe.
Certified fitters are held to high standards of care and professionalism, so breast surgery patients can feel safe during the vulnerable time after their operation. During training, all potential CMFs are required to spend at least 150 hours in direct contact with patients learning how to make the fitting process as comfortable and anxiety reducing as possible.
Respecting patient privacy is of paramount importance to all members of the staff, and all accredited mastectomy fitting facilities are compliant with national HIPPA laws.
At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe we have also created a Patient Bill of Rights that ensures all patients are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Your healthcare liaison
The last thing any person wants to do post-operatively is waste time calling insurance providers or worry about filling out paperwork.
Each accredited breast form store has developed an effective system for communicating and liaising between the patient and their physician, therapist, or other referral source.
Certified staff are trained to help patients obtain referral and prescription authorizations, and can help coordinate between billing offices and healthcare providers.
Certified mastectomy fitters are required to continually update their knowledge of the latest breast form prosthesis technologies, patient treatment plans, and practice management.
In order to maintain their credentials, certified fitters must take additional courses and renew their license every five years. Accreditations for breast form stores must be renewed every three years.
This allows certified fitters to factor recent changes and emerging technologies into helping patients make the most informed decision about their breast form or garment choice.
Personalized long-term care
All certified mastectomy fitters are required to perform clinical examinations that are specific to each woman’s diagnosis and stage of recovery. They understand that fit can change over time, and that different garments may be needed at different points of the patient’s journey.
Because certified fitters keep detailed medical records for each of their patients, they can follow up with them over time to confirm that the products prescribed are meeting a patient’s recovery goals and improving her quality of life.
Whether a woman needs a post-surgical bra like a compression bra or active wear like the Anita sports bras, certified fitters can ensure that the American Breast Care post-mastectomy product she is using is working as it’s intended.
Finding the right breast form store for you
When it is time for you to choose a facility for your post-mastectomy needs, ensure that you are choosing the most accurate, reliable, and professional providers by selecting an accredited breast form store that employs certified mastectomy fitters.
At A Fitting Experience Mastectomy Shoppe and MastectomyShop.com we provide access to certified fitters and quality post-mastectomy surgery products. We carry an incredibly large selection of post-mastectomy swimsuits, camisoles, turbans, bras and much more. Use our online store today and let us help you find the perfect bra, swimsuit, or other post-operative wear.