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There are several types of mastectomy procedures, including: 

  • Total Mastectomy (Simple Mastectomy): This is the removal of the entire breast, including the nipple and areola, as well as the underlying muscles if necessary. 
  • Modified Radical Mastectomy: This procedure involves removal of the entire breast, including the nipple and areola, some of the lymph nodes under the arm, and the chest wall muscles if necessary. 
  • Radical Mastectomy: This is the removal of the entire breast, chest muscles under the breast, and the lymph nodes under the arm. This procedure is rarely performed today and is typically replaced by the modified radical mastectomy. 
  • Lumpectomy (Breast-Conserving Surgery): This procedure involves removal of only the tumor and some surrounding tissue, while preserving most of the breast. 
  • Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: This procedure involves removal of the breast tissue but preserving the nipple and areola. 

It’s important to note that the type of mastectomy a person undergoes will depend on various factors, including the size and location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, and the patient’s overall health. Your doctor can help determine the best option for you based on your individual needs. 

There are several types of mastectomy prosthetics available, including: 

  • External breast prostheses: These are silicone or foam devices that can be worn inside a bra to provide a natural appearance and feel. They come in various shapes, sizes, and skin tones to match the individual’s appearance. 
  • Internal breast prostheses: These are devices that are surgically implanted into the chest to provide a permanent solution for breast reconstruction. They can be made of silicone or saline and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 
  • Weighted breast prostheses: These are designed for women who have had a mastectomy on one side and require added weight to balance their bodies. They are usually heavier than standard external breast prostheses. 
  • Custom breast prostheses: These are made to fit an individual’s unique shape and can be created using a mold or scan of the remaining breast. 
  • Swimwear breast prostheses: These are designed specifically for women who have had a mastectomy and want to swim or participate in other water activities. They are typically made of foam and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

It’s important to note that the type of mastectomy prosthesis you choose will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Some women may choose to wear a prosthesis for comfort and to restore their appearance, while others may choose not to use one. Your doctor can provide additional guidance and recommendations based on your specific situation. 

There are several types of mastectomy bras available, including: 

  • Soft Cup Bras: These are designed for women who have had a lumpectomy or a small mastectomy and require minimal support. They typically have pockets on the inside to hold a breast prosthesis or padding. 
  • Underwire Bras: These are designed for women who require more support and want a more natural look. They have an underwire and pockets on the inside to hold a breast prosthesis. 
  • Camisoles with Built-in Prosthesis Pockets: These are similar to soft cup bras but provide a little more support and coverage. They are ideal for women who are undergoing radiation therapy and need extra comfort. 
  • Sports Bras: These are designed for women who are physically active and require more support. They typically have wide straps, a high back, and pockets on the inside to hold a breast prosthesis. 
  • Sleep Bras: These are designed for women who want to wear a breast prosthesis at night for comfort. They are typically made of soft, comfortable materials and have pockets on the inside to hold a breast prosthesis. 

It’s important to note that the type of mastectomy bra you choose will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Your doctor or a specialist in post-mastectomy products can provide additional guidance and recommendations based on your specific situation. 

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