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Mastectomy

Once diagnosed with breast cancer, you will have many decisions to make regarding your treatment and post-surgery options. Dealing with the emotional and physical aftermath of breast surgery, whether major or minor, can be overwhelming for many women.
Before the surgery, your femininitiy and self confidence were often times expressed by how you looked and felt each day.
Now you have so many questions about your self image that you may wonder what you do next. Here at RTOA, we strive to help each woman on her journey to recovery. Our goal is to help each woman regain their confidence by providing them with superior mastectomy products and specialized care that focuses on the patient's individual circumstance.
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Our Facility
Our facility offers a private room dedicated to mastectomy and compression garment patients. Keeping in mind the need and comfort of our patients, we have made every effort to insure privacy and discreetness during the fitting process and have created an environment that makes for a positive experience for all our patients.
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Becky Tegerstrand CFm

Certified Fitter Mastectomy Compression Garment Specialist


Co-Founder and current owner of Ray Tegerstrand's Orthopedic Appliance, Becky has spent many years involved with the O&P community. An ABC certified fitter of Mastectomy and Compression Garments, she has dedicated her time to helping many patients who are battling and overcoming breast cancer as well as patients dealing with a variety of vascular diseases. Her training and experience has allowed her to successfully fit many patients with mastectomy products and compression garments. Becky's kind spirit and attention to specialized care with each patient has helped make strides in promoting Ray Tegerstrand's policy of outstanding patient focused care.
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In The News...
Breast cancer survival boosted by running
Friday 31 January 2014 -1am PST

Previous studies have shown that breast cancer survivors who meet the current exercise recommendations (2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week) are at 25% lower risk for dying from breast cancer. New research from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and reported in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that exceeding the recommendations may provide greater protection, and that running may be better than walking.

The study, by Berkeley Lab's Paul Williams of the lab's Life Sciences Division, followed 986 breast cancer survivors as part of the National Runners' and Walkers' Health Study. Thirty-three of the 714 walkers and 13 of the 272 runners died from breast cancer over 9 years. When analyzed together, their risk for breast cancer mortality decreased an average of 24% per metabolic equivalent (MET) hours per day of exercise, where one MET hour equals a little less than a mile of brisk walking or about two-thirds of a mile of running.

However, when the runners and walkers were looked at separately, there was significantly less mortality in those who ran than walked. The runners' risk for breast cancer mortality decreased over 40% per MET hour per day. Runners that averaged over 2 and a quarter miles per day were at 95% lower risk for breast cancer mortality than those that did not meet the current exercise recommendations. In contrast, the walkers' risk for breast cancer mortality decreased a non-significant 5% per MET hour per day.

Williams cautions, however, that this study doesn't disprove the benefits of walking because the number of subjects was small compared to previous research showing a benefit. However, he does believe that the research shows that exceeding the current exercise recommendations is probably better than simply meeting them, and that running may be better than walking.

"If I were a breast cancer survivor, I would certainly consider running or some other vigorous exercise over walking, and I wouldn't just be doing the minimum, with the consequences and potential benefit being so great," he adds

Previous research from the national study showed that running was more effective than walking for weight loss. For many health benefits, however, running and walking appear to give the same benefits for the same amount of energy expenditure. These include lower risk for coronary heart diseasediabetes, hip replacements, as well as brain cancer. Running and walking also seem to be equally beneficial in the primary prevention of breast cancer.

Adapted by MNT from original media release

Commonly Asked Questions

​Why should I choose an external breast prosthesis?
It is wonderful that today women have options after breast surgery. Your physicians may discuss reconstruction of implants, but for some women an external prosthesis is preferable to additional surgeries. Depending on your age, physical condition, and breast size, an external prosthesis may be the best solution to help balance the body. External breast forms are far less expensive than additional surgeries and a form can be easily changed if you gain or lose weight. There are now hundreds of sizes and styles from which to choose that fit all bodies and skin types.


How soon after surgery should I be fit with a permanent external prosthesis?
Your doctor will tell you when you are ready to be fit. This may be from four to six or eight weeks after surgery. The chest wall has to heal and to soreness decrease.


What types of prostheses are on the market?
There are two basic types, weighted (having weight to them) to provide even weight distribution across the chest and non-weighted that are made of lighter materials.


Which type will I wear first?
It depends on the woman. You may wish to wear a light weight foam to fill out leisure or after surgery bra until you are fitted with a permanent weighted prosthesis.


Why do I need a weighted breast prosthesis (form) after breast surgery?
A properly fit prosthesis helps replace the weight lost after breast surgery. This replacement is not merely for cosmetic or psychological reasons but for physical reasons as well. When a natural breast is removed, the body is no longer in balance and will compensate with slight curving of the spine and "shoulder drop". Both conditions may lead to chronic back and neck pain.


Are there different styles of breast prostheses?
Yes, symetrical (can be turned to fit either side of the body) and asymetrical (fits only the right or left side).


​Progression of Mastectomy Needs After Breast Surgery
Immediately After Surgery - For comfort, ease, & healing, Post-Operative camisole with drainage management pouches use Fiber Filled leisure forms.
Less that Six Weeks After Surgery - For comfort, continued healing, easing back into regular activities use soft cotton leisure bras with a front closure and foam leisure forms.
More than Six Weeks After Surgery - For getting back into regular activities and routines, wear apparel that fits you and your lifestyle well using silicone breast forms or symmetry shapers.
Enjoying Life After Breast Surgery - Leading a full life, utilize a wardrobe of choices, bras that fit all occasions with breast forms that best fit your lifestyle.
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