Standards of Care

Post Mastectomy Treatment & Standards of Care

Post Mastectomy

Post Mastectomy services are healthcare items and professional services required after a mastectomy due to breast cancer or trauma, prophylactic mastectomy or genetically induced developmental conditions of the breast.

Treatment consists of the provision of a wide variety of services including:

  • measurement and fit of external breast prostheses, post op prostheses and nipple prostheses
  • custom breast prostheses
  • pocketed garments (bras, swimsuits, clothing)
  • lymphedema and post-surgical compression garments

Post mastectomy is always considered healthcare – because these items treat conditions that have resulted from diseases and treatment of diseases of the breast.

These items and services should always be provided by Certified and Licensed Post Mastectomy Fitter trained in post-mastectomy care.

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 peri-operative 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).

Reconstruction

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.