Surgery Supplies…

A question I get asked a lot by other people I have met who are due to have a mastectomy / recon surgery is: “what should I take to the hospital??”. I thought it would be a good idea to just make a post here about what I found useful – that way I can give people the link and hopefully it will help someone with their preparations…

Just to clarify – I had bilateral mastectomy with immediate expander reconstruction. I’m thinking if you’re having an LD flap or Diep, or any other recon type there might be other things you’d need. Equally – if you’re not having an immediate recon at all then there will be different things to think about. this list is just from my personal experience.

So without further ado – here are the things that I found useful and actually used:

Short sleeved mens shirts from Primark (or a more expensive establishment if you fancy splashing the cash!) – I had terrible trouble finding button up PJ’s that were not long sleeve, lurid green or made of silk and stupidly expensive. This was a cheap and cheerful alternative and I was still wearing them with leggings and a vest top as my go-to outfit a few weeks after surgery. Comfy, cheap and you can pretend it is a fashion choice a la the “boyfriend look”.

Shorts – again from Primark and for wearing under the shirts / in bed.

Big pants – for wearing under the hospital gowns.

Other comfy PJ’s and a nighty from M&S. Made of really soft material and very stretchy so easy to put on. The nighty / minishirt has buttons down the front too. Links:
http://www.marksandspencer.com/Woman-Button-Fastening-Floral-Minishirt/dp/B004EHHHQK?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_24&nodeId=43312030&sr=1-24&qid=1371641034all
http://www.marksandspencer.com/Gathered-Neckline-Bow-Pyjama-Top/dp/B004HHFMAK
http://www.marksandspencer.com/Marl-Striped-Drawstring-Long-Pants/dp/B00BGJBH0G?rrClickthru=PDP
Those PJ pants and top are SUPER comfy. I’m going to get more just because I like them!!

Slippers / crocs / flip flops – anything you can slip on / off easily.

Cordial / squash – nicer than drinking water all the time.

Lip salve – I got very dry lips for some reason.

Obviously washing stuff – but particularly those feminine wipe things and wet wipes for freshening up.

Puzzle books and pen – easy ones though!

Easy to read book / audiobooks if you have MP3 player.

Mobile phone & charger.

Other stuff that are not exactly ‘must haves’ but might be helpful:

I had a private room but if on ward I’m thinking earplugs would be a must.

I had drains either side and just put them in a plastic bag once I was up and about – but I know some people take a shoulder bag to put them in instead.

I did not wear any type of bra thing till about 2 weeks post surgery. The ones I started wearing first though (sometimes!) were the comfort style from Asda:
http://direct.asda.com/george/womens-lingerie/comfort-seamless-bra-white/G003991084,default,pd.html

The do bandau ones in that style as well – or these lacy ones which are a bit prettier! Not sure how much use they would be if you need support on one side – but they are working well for me:
http://direct.asda.com/george/womens-lingerie/lace-bandeau-bra/GEM276438,default,pd.html?cm_vc=GRGBZTOP

All of these have a small amount of padding which hides my scar marks / lack of nipples – all are easy to step into to pull on as well. 9 weeks on I am actually now alternating these with normal underwire bras… or just no bra at all.

 

…and I think that is it. Hope this helps someone somewhere!!

 

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