St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

By Susan Detar CFm
Owner, The Pink Door 

Preparing for Breast Surgery


June 1, 2017 | View PDF

Amoena 2160 Hannah Hook Front Opening Recovery Bra

Your doctor has told you that breast surgery is necessary. After the immediate shock you wonder what will it be like, when will it happen and how can I be ready for it and recovery.

After leaving the hospital, one of the most important things you can do to minimize the stress of recovery is to have a post-surgical garment. There are numerous styles, but what makes all of them ofcritical importance is that they manage the drainage system safely and conveniently. Rather than wonder what to do with the drains the garments include removable pouches to hold them. The garments also include two light weight forms which can be used to temporarily restore symmetry. Some also provide light compression. Later the garments are very nice for leisure wear or sleeping.

These garments are also ideal for use following lumpectomy, reconstruction, augmentation/reduction and any breast or chest related surgery.

If you or anyone you know will be having surgery, being fitted for and purchasing at least one of these items prior to the date of surgery would be most helpful."

The Pink Door is an in network provider for Medicare, Aetna, MultiPlan and Veterans Health Administration. We also have relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield. At the time of surgery, two recovery garments are covered with a breast cancer diagnosis. Prosthetics and bras are considered medically necessary and are also covered. Each plan has different limits, so it is good to inquire about them. We can work with other plans for a gap exception when that plan is unable to provide services to you at an in network facility.

Susan Detar is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter. The Pink Door is an accredited post-mastectomy care center. Our mission statement: "The Pink Door will be recognized as the preferred provider of foundations to women affected by breast cancer. We will offer a wide selection of products in a knowledgeable and caring environment. Our goal is to fulfill 80% of our customers' needs on the first visit." This mission extends to all women who walk through the door. You will be served in a warm, inviting boutique occupying a home in the south historic district of Palatka. Our job is to provide products that will make you look and feel better.


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