Standards of Care

Post Mastectomy Treatment & Standards of Care

Post Mastectomy

Post Mastectomy services are healthcare items and professional services required after a mastectomy due to breast cancer or trauma, prophylactic mastectomy or genetically induced developmental conditions of the breast.

Post-mastectomy external breast prostheses, pocket garments, lymphedema and post-surgical compression garments are always considered healthcare items because they are used to treat conditions that have resulted from diseases and treatment of diseases of the breast.

These items and services should always be provided by Certified and Licensed healthcare professionals trained in post-mastectomy care.

Standards of Care

Post-mastectomy care begins immediately after surgery and extends throughout a lifetime.  Proper post-surgical care encompasses several stages of care, including perioperative including preoperative fitting and counseling, immediate post-operative (pre-prosthetic), immediate reconstruction, delayed reconstruction and external breast prosthesis(prosthetic).  External breast prostheses may be used in conjunction with reconstruction, as an intermediate treatment before delayed reconstruction or as a permanent option (Lifelong Care).

External breast prostheses may be used in conjunction with reconstruction, as an intermediate treatment before delayed reconstruction or as a permanent option.

External breast prosthetic care includes many different types of garments and prosthetics specially designed for each stage of healing: post-operative, intermediate, permanent.  The Post Mastectomy Care Standard recommends a progression through the stages of post-mastectomy care for proper healing and fit.