A breast health practitioner working in London has invented a post-surgery recovery bra with the aim of making it available at all NHS hospitals.
Nicole de Havilland, a manual lymphatic drainage specialist at the Harley Street Breast Clinic, developed the seamless RecoBra after hearing her patients express disappointment that they could not find a suitable bra to wear in the days and weeks following breast surgery.
Her aim is to get RecoBra onto the NHS Drug Tariff, so that every woman undergoing breast cancer surgery will receive the garment as part of their care.
The RecoBra features Maedical antimicrobial technology to help keep the garment fresher for longer, built-in compression zones, shoulder strap and front openings to facilitate wound inspection or dressing changes, and moisture permeable stretch fabric.
The bra was tested by patients at seven London hospitals prior to the manufacturing stage and received 90% positive feedback.
Negative feedback was evaluated by the manufacturer and used to help improve the design.