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Introducing The Hospital Bra

Every once in awhile, I get a question from a reader who has pending breast surgery and is wondering where she can find the appropriate post-surgical undergarments. As someone with no medical expertise, I never feel comfortable giving anything resembling medical advice, but recently I ran across the Hospital Bra, and I thought it might be helpful to some of you or some of your friends and so I wanted to share it here.

I've been lucky so far to not have any health issues that make it difficult for me to put on a bra. My mobility is fine. I've never had a major surgery. There's no scar tissue or chronic pain that affects my torso. And that means all the decisions that go into the kind of bra I wear on any given day are more or less cosmetic.



But for women who've recently had surgery or about to undergo surgery, their concerns run a bit deeper. After a mastectomy, lumpectomy, reconstruction, reduction, or implant insertion, many women are dealing with issues like fluid discharge, wound care, limited mobility, and extreme discomfort. So soft, absorbent, easy to clean, and easy to wear garments are super-important.

Now, I haven't tried this bra, so this post isn't a recommendation or a review. And it's certainly not medical advice. It's just something I ran across and thought was interesting and innovative enough to share here. In fact, learning about the Hospital Bra has made me even more interested in bra options for women who've had breast surgery.

Do you have any advice about choosing a post-surgical bra? If you've had to wear one before, what tips would you offer other readers? Let's pool our resources in the comments.


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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

5 Comments on this post

  1. joann says:

    I agree we do need cotton bras for big breasts as well. Big breasts need more support than the small breast women but yet our selection is very limited when it comes to cotton.

  2. jenny s says:

    Great bras but why oh why are they not made with cotton we do not need synthetic materials at any time let alone
    When surgery has been performed …I hate polyester nylon and elastase,why can we not be able to opt for a pure breathable material that is so close to our skin.please please some wonderful manufacturer make us some cotton bras and in big cup sizes too.

  3. Karen says:

    In Australia we have Amoena that make a large range of post-mastectomy bras, swimwear and activewear (if you happen to be having a mastectomy). Otherwise they have great post-surgery options. Hope this gives you an idea of whats available.
    http://www.amoena.com/en/Products/Pocketed-Lingerie

  4. Maria Von T. says:

    Hello. I had an implant surgery about a year ago. It was successful and I am very happy with the results. Right after the surgery I was wrapped in bandages, but about 3 days later the Dr. Put me in a sports bra with a front zipper. I knew it came from Walmart. I bought several comfy thin, breathable, stretchy, sporty, cotton bras before hand, which looked very similar to this bra. The bras I got did help me. It was good to have a clean, comfy bra every other day. Epecially while feeling miserable from surgery. Bottom line, I recommend stretchy sport bras that close in the front. You can find something like that in a store as simple as Walmart or even a thrift store. After all you will be throwing them to make room for pretty lingerie!

  5. Jennifer says:

    My mother had a reduction/reconstruction two years ago, and I’m pretty sure this was exactly the bra (or style of bra) that she had. The front-fastening closure and stretchy material were very helpful for my sister and I when we were getting her dressed, and it withstood a lot of frequent hot (machine!) washes – which is necessary for any post-surgical garment!

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