Who is covered for a prosthetic breast form?
Any woman who has had a partial or full mastectomy/lumpectomy surgery or was born with a deformity of one or both breasts is eligible.
How long does a breast form last?
Breast prostheses are under warranty for 2 years from the date of purchase. If any manufacturers defect occurs in that time, the prosthesis will be replaced at no charge.
Why do I need to wear a special bra?
Mastectomy bras are designed with a special pocket built into the cup so that the breast prosthesis can be placed there securely. The special pocketed bra holds the prosthesis in place and prevents it from falling out or becoming dislodged. Many women try to wear a non-mastectomy bra after surgery but find that their breast prosthesis moves or falls out during activity.
Do breast forms come in different colors to match my skin tone?
Most breast prosthesis come in a lighter and darker tones to accommodate all women.
Does the government help pay for the breast form?
Any woman that has undergone mastectomy / lumpectomy surgery with an O.H.I.P. card is eligible for partial grant by the government under the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). *Bras are not covered by ADP.
Often private insurance may cover the full or partial cost of breast prosthesis and mastectomy / surgical bras.
How often should I replace my breast form?
Your breast prosthesis is under warranty for two years and is usually replaced at that time. You may apply for ADP funding every 2 years.
What should I expect during my first appointment?
You will be greeted in a warm and friendly environment and we will gather some general information from you. We will measure you for a properly fitting mastectomy bra and then fit you for a breast prothesis. We will also answer any questions you have, teach you how to take care of your breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra and go over any warranty information.
What should I bring to my appointment?
You should bring the following:
* Your doctor’s contact information
* Any insurance information you have
* Your favourite shirt that you like to wear often
* A list of questions
* Your O.H.I.P. card
Your first appointment should take approximately 1 hr. Please be on time to ensure that we have ample time to visit with you.