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Date: 3/5/13 8:28 AM

A friend is recovering from open heart surgery and needs help designing a bra that supports and does not irritate the healing scar. We want to make one that has some kind of soft lining, gives support and comfort.

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Date: 3/5/13 9:13 AM

Does anyone at the hospital or in cardiac rehab have recommendations? Women in a support group might also have some practical suggestions. Perhaps a really good bra shop or a place that specializes in bras for mastectomy patients would stock something appropriate.

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Date: 3/5/13 11:54 AM

Sport's bra?

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Date: 3/5/13 5:23 PM

The first thing that came to mind, was this bra. Yeah, it's a nursing bra but it is so comfy and cute. It's lined with jersey and has a bit of give.

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Date: 3/5/13 5:25 PM

A while back, Playtex had a line of Cross Your Heart boxed bras. They were all super soft and minimal; it's worth seeing opif those are still around and would be low cut enough to not irritate...?

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Date: 3/5/13 5:45 PM

I think m/m has proposed an excellent idea. There have to be online support groups for women with that sternal incision. A google search using terms like "support group women open heart surgery" should offer excellent advice.

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Date: 3/5/13 9:12 PM

I have had open heart surgery (twice, in my early thirties). I don't remember being unable to wear a bra after the first 2 weeks-and I wear underwires!
If your friend will be self-conscious, those new bras advertised on infomercials and such arecomfortable enough.
GOOD LUCK TO HER.

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Date: 3/6/13 7:52 AM

Thank you for these helpful recommendations. I will pass on the information

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Date: 3/6/13 10:14 AM

After my lumpectomies, I used to wear what they call 'sleep bras'. They were made of soft jersey knit with front hook closures and had enough support for 'the girls'.

This is the one I have: Amoena brand

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