Post-Mastectomy Standards of Care
Post Mastectomy standards of care are healthcare items and professional services provided after a mastectomy due to breast cancer or trauma, prophylactic mastectomy, or developmental conditions.
Treatment consists of the provision of a wide variety of services including:
- measurement and fit of external breast prostheses,
- post-op prostheses
- nipple prostheses
- custom breast prostheses
- pocketed garments (bras, swimsuits, clothing)
- lymphedema and post-surgical compression garments
- nipple and areola tattooing
Post-mastectomy is always considered healthcare – because these items treat conditions that have resulted from diseases and treatment of diseases of the breast.
These items and services should always be provided by a Certified and Licensed Post Mastectomy Fitter 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:
- before surgery including preoperative fitting and counseling
- immediate post-operative (pre-prosthetic)
- immediate reconstruction
- delayed reconstruction
- 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 prosthetic care includes many different types of garments and prosthetics specially designed for each stage of healing: post-operative, intermediate, and permanent. The Post Mastectomy Care Standard recommends a progression through the stages of post-mastectomy care for proper healing and fit.