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A Perfect Fit

Post-Breast Surgery Bras and Prostheses Offer Comfort, Natural Shape

For women undergoing breast cancer surgery, things they need to consider are bras and prostheses that offer comfort and support for their post-mastectomy or lumpectomy figure.

Sara Sturr, CFm (certified mastectomy fitter) at Mercy Health helps women find the perfect fit and style for their needs.

Located at both Mercy Health in Muskegon and Grand Rapids, the service includes fittings for post-mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstruction for breast prostheses, bras and camisoles – all within a private, comfortable setting.

Prostheses and accessories provide a natural-looking fit for women who are either awaiting reconstructive surgery, have had reconstructive surgery, or have decided not to undergo reconstructive surgery but still want body symmetry.

"Not all women choose reconstructive surgery," explains Sturr. "We help women make an informed decision about all of their post-surgery options, including nonsurgical options, including silicone and foam prostheses, that help them maintain their natural, feminine appearance and silhouette immediately."

Typically, a patient is referred by her primary care physician, Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center, or other local source. She schedules her fitting before surgery and her post-surgery items are delivered to her hospital room, ready for her to wear home – an important step in emotional healing as well, explains Sturr.

Products available at Mercy Health:

· Breast prostheses (both silicone and foam)

· Post-Mastectomy bras specifically designed for women who have undergone breast surgery

· Breast form covers

· Camisoles

· Lightweight puffs

· Strap accessories

Frequently Asked Questions for breast prostheses and bras

What is a breast prosthesis? A breast prosthesis is worn externally to simulate the natural contours of your own breast and to achieve balance and symmetry. It can be made from silicone (ultra lightweight to full weight), foam (weighted or non-weighted), or fiberfill puff.

Do I need to be fitted for a breast prosthesis? Fittings are a very individualized process. There is a variety of shapes, sizes and colors of breast prostheses to accommodate different body types, breast shapes, and surgeries.

Are breast prostheses and bras covered by insurance? Most insurance companies have coverage for these products. The standard policy is as follows:

· One silicone prosthesis per side every two years

· One to six bras per year (based on insurance policy); dependent on the condition of your current items, as determined by your fitter


Mercy Health Muskegon

Lakes Village

6401 Prairie Street

Norton Shores, MI 49444

Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center

250 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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