Understanding the Fitting Experience
Scheduling a mastectomy prosthesis fitting is an integral part of the post-surgery process. Certified fitters, like those at A Fitting Experience, can assist you in finding the right prostheses and bras to get you back into the activities you enjoy and make the road to recovery a smooth one.
If you have recently undergone a mastectomy or will have one in the future, you may have some questions: Is there a mastectomy bra fitting service near me? What happens during the fitting process? How many bras do I need? When should I schedule my first fitting? Will my insurance pay for my products?
This starter guide to the fitting process will answer these questions and more.
When to schedule
Though it may vary, your doctor will likely recommend you wait between four and six weeks post-surgery before scheduling a fitting.
Who does the fitting?
Our reputable fitters are American Board of Certification and BOC Certified Fitters, as these are the nationally recognized professional organizations that comply with strict facility and fitter standards.
Our fitters are trained in continuing education programs developed by mastectomy product manufacturers. Because of this, they have the most in-depth knowledge about their products and which ones are best for different surgery-types and special circumstances.
The fitting process
While the fitting process will vary slightly from fitter to fitter, one thing should always remain the same: Your fitting should be conducted in complete privacy.
When you arrive for your fitting, you will likely first meet with your assigned fitter for a consultation to discuss your surgery and the look you are trying to achieve with your prostheses.
You and your certified fitter will then go to a fitting room that will allow them to asses the condition of the skin and any remaining breast tissue in complete privacy.
After discerning the area is healed, and you can wear prostheses and bras, your fitter will begin the measurement process. She will take a series of measurements at certain points of the chest, shoulder, and rib cage to determine the correct bra and prostheses size for you.
Determining the correct bra fit is essential for ensuring your prostheses fit naturally and are comfortable for prolonged wear.
After this, your fitter will recommend prostheses options based on your measurements, age, body type, and remaining breast tissue.
Because your fitter will have the many different types of prosthesis available, this is an excellent opportunity to try out the various shapes, sizes, and styles and find the best fit for your form.
It is best to wear tops with a tighter fit to a fitting so you can see how the prostheses form to your body. If for any reason you do not like how the prostheses look or feel, speak up! Your fitter will be happy to show you other options.
Will my insurance pay for my mastectomy products?
Though it varies according to your insurance provider, many plans do include coverage for mastectomy wear and prostheses. Contact your health insurance provider for details.
When to schedule return fittings
Women’s bodies change over time as our weight fluctuates. It is important to schedule annual or semi-annual appointments with your fitter to ensure you always have the right fit for your needs.
At A Fitting Experience, we will keep a medical record chart and notify you for your next fitting appointment.
Having a professional post-mastectomy fitting is the best way to guarantee you are living your most comfortable, care-free life after surgery. With the right fitter, it can be a fun, exciting, and even cathartic process.