Sports bra after breast surgery?

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Sports bra after breast surgery?


I'm recovering from breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. I can't wear underwire bras anymore due to lymphodaema risk and have to watch out for anything tight around my chest. I'm keen to get active again but can't find a sports bra that fits the criteria. Has anyone found anything good on the market? Thanks!

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Re: Sports bra after breast surgery?

Hi @Katehay and welcome to the Online Community.


I do hope your recovery is going well. I totally understand the wanting to be active again!


I've had a chat with our team in 13 11 20 and they have recommended you call when you are able. There are a couple of recommended services and shops that would suited to assist you in choosing a new sports bra that won't hamper your recovery Smiley Happy


Has anyone else got any suggestions that would assist Kate?


Have a great day,


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Re: Sports bra after breast surgery?

Hi there,


Congratulations on being keen to get back to exercise. I practice yoga every day now and it's made such a difference to my recovery.


I found the staff at Bras n Things really helpful. They are trained to properly fit all kinds of bras and one of them had special experience in dealing with post-surgery fittings. Just ask at your local store because it might be best to book in. 


I also found that wearing something firm, like a compression top, helped to give me support. Apparently actual compression garments are also problematic (lymphodema risk) so choose something without arms and make sure it's firm but not too tight. 


Learning how to manually drain your lymphatic system should be a part of your recovery. If you haven't been referred to an oncology masseause, a lymphodema specialist or a physiotherapist with expertise in this area then ask for a referral. Some breast care nurses, radiotherapy nurses and cancer centre nurses also have this expertise. It's easy to do (really just gentle brushing of the skin) and makes such a difference. I ultimately needed a bilateral mastectomy and I was at high risk of lyphodema but thanks to learning how to care for my body I've had no problems at all. 

Best of luck with it all. The golden rule is to listen to your body and don't try to do too much too soon. There's no upper limit to how well you can be. 



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