A post-op support or compression bra is a specially designed bra to be used right after breast surgery and throughout recovery. The bra provides support and compression, while protecting scar and wound area. Using a compression bra after breast surgery can reduce the risk of postsurgical complications and it is also specifically made to give the user an optimal feeling of comfort during reconvalescence.
THE BENEFITS OF POST-OP SUPPORT AND COMPRESSION ARE MANY
Post-op bras are recommended by many medical professionals as part of the post operative care after breast surgery. They are used with aim of reducing postsurgical bleeding and swelling, by compressing the breast and surrounding structures, while supporting tender and sore skin, contributing to the healing process and provide safety throughout the important postsurgical mobilization period.
Compressive bras are used with the aim of promoting circulation to decrease the swelling and reducing the inflammatory process to help reduce pain during postsurgical recovery. They should provide support and control to protect the scar areas at sudden uncomfortable movements — i.e. when sneezing or coughing — which is especially important during the immediate post-surgery stage.
Providing the optimal conditions while healing will provide the best circumstances for a good postsurgical outcome, a comfortable recovery and a best possible looking result of a breast reduction, breast augmentation or after mastectomy.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SUPPORT AND COMPRESSION BRAS
As many different breast surgical procedures have evolved, both surgeons and users have different requirements for post-op bras.
When choosing a postsurgical bra for support, compression or comfort, it is important that the compression bra is appropriate for the particular surgery. That is why the bra assortment from Carefix carries a wide range of bras to choose from. In this way, you can always be sure that there is an appropriate bra for the specific surgery, you will go through. Each post-op bra has been designed to specifically fit the different indications they are intended for.
If you have any doubts or questions, always seek advice from your doctor or nurse.
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FEATURES OF OUR GARMENTS
The textile will adapt to the body shape at all times ensuring that the product will provide the necessary compression needed for recovery, as well as the best possible comfort at all times during prolonged wear.
Targeted compression and fixation means that our products are designed to provide the necessary compression and fixation exactly where needed. By controlling compression on the wound area, the healing process advances faster and patient comfort is hightened. The compression zones are specially designed into each product based on indication.
For optimum healing, the surgery site needs rest. That is why our products are designed to guarantee no seams in the wound or scar area and at any other critical sites of the applied area. This provides maximum skin friendliness and prevents pressure marks, as well as irritation of skin and tissue.
When it comes to medical textiles and post-op garments, no size fits all. That is why we base all our sizes on three parametres; statistical body knowledge, comfort stretch measurements and extensive knowledge and experience with the combination of knitting methods in different materials. The combination of these 3 parameters defines our size defintion, ensuring perfect fit at all times.
FOR IMMEDIATE POSTSURGICAL USE
Smooth and supportive fit for sensitive skin. Carefix postsurgical bras are designed to be worn immediately following breast surgery or radiotherapy, when the skin is still tender and sensitive. The seamless design and soft fabric are ideal for the postsurgical stage, offering support and full freedom of movement without restricting or irritating sensitive tissue. The front opening and the flexible material allows easy inspection of the wound site and dressing changes. Furthermore, it facilitates application for both nursing staff and patient. All materials used are latex free and Oeko-Tex certified in order to assure that there are no harmful substances in the selected materials.
Optimal balance between compression and comfort is important. After a breast operation there will often be swelling and oedema in the area around the wound. The smooth and seamless design of the Carefix bras will help minimize possible irritation of the wound. The front opening makes it easy to apply without any discomfort for the patient or stress to the surgical site. The wide seamless ribbed band underneath the bust is designed to be soft and comfortable to wear and not irritate any wound while allowing drains unimpeded access.
Carefix bras are ideal for postsurgical use, offering women support and freedom of movement without restricting or irritating sensitive tissue.
The integrated support and compression zones are unique for Carefix bras and designed to support the breast and scar areas. Each bra is designed with specific support and compression zones according to the medical indication.
After a breast operation there will often be swelling and oedema in the area around the wound. The elasticated 4-way stretch material ensures a supportive fit, which also expands and contracts with the patient’s breast after any breast procedure. It will naturally provide an optimal compression over the wound area at all times while still being very soft and comfortable to wear. With the built-in support and compression zones these post-op bras provide an optimal balance between compression and comfort. Their unique expansion and contraction properties permit the bra to conform to body contours – ensuring optimal support and compression, providing the patient with maximum comfort.
All products are manufactured in Europe in compliance with REACH, social accountability and ethic trade (SEDEX). Tytex is committed to meeting industry as well as environmental standards and all Tytex facilities and processes have been certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485. Our manufacturing facilities are also certified for adherence to ISO 14001. Besides the standard ISO certificates, Tytex products are registered with FDA and all post-op bras with CFDA.
On a regular basis, we carry out external audits on CSR and ethical trade - it is about going above and beyond. It is what makes healthcare more human. We work with and for people, so to ensure product safety, all Tytex products are tested according to OEKO-TEX (Class II).
Several Tytex branded products have passed the reimbursement requirements in many countries.
Making postsurgical products latex free and Oeko-Tex certified ensures patients find comfort throughout their entire postoperative experience and have support of their surgical site. All factors are contributing to enhancing the quality of life post-op.
We design unique bras in close cooperation with surgeons and nurses, making sure each bra is suitable for its own indication and stage of recovery. All products are recommended postsurgical or during radiotherapy and we strive for achieving the best surgical result, with user comfort in mind.
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BRA USE ARE AS FOLLOWS
- Right after surgery: fully openable post-op bra for accommodating the restriction of arm movement or protection of surgical site
- Breast cosmetic: post-op bra for optimal contouring of the operated breast
- Lumpectomy: post-op bra for extra support of the operated breast
- Mastectomy: post-op bras w/pockets for breast forms
- Radiation: post-op bras without metal parts
- Comfort: comfort bras when there is no restrictions on arm movement
Post-op bras are recommended for time spans between 0-3 months following surgery. If complications or reconstruction surgery after breast cancer occur, the need for post-op bras may be prolonged. However, always the advice from nurse or doctor should always be followed.
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