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    No.9 How to Use Drain Management Belt

    Managing your drains post-mastectomy

    At AnaOno, we aim to make the lives of everyone going through a mastectomy as easy as possible, so we designed a collection of loungewear with a game-changing feature: The Drain Belt. Read along and learn how this one revolutionary design feature will change the way you heal from your mastectomy.

    The number of drains you have will depend on the kind of breast surgery you are undergoing. Your average mastectomy (with or without reconstruction) will typically come equipped with two drains. Depending on your body type and surgery decision, you may have four to six drains upon the removal of the breast tissue, so always ask your doctor how best to prepare for your recovery.

    What are drains?

    Surgical drains are a long clear plastic tube with a bulb attached to the very end. Worried about your drains coming out? Don’t be. A suture will hold the tubes and secure them in place. During surgery the drains placed inside your body will collect the fluid which then makes its way to the bulb where it will be emptied. Need help managing your fluid output? Download our drain tracking guide, jot down your fluid measurements, and take with you to your post-surgery follow-up appointment. 

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    How can you manage your drains?

    We know how uncomfortable and annoying drains can be. That’s why we designed loungewear  with a removable drain belt to hold your drains during recovery. Both functional and luxurious, this loungewear collection helps make life a little easier while you heal from your mastectomy. Thoughtfully designed with you and your unique medical needs in mind, these pieces can be worn post-surgery, and beyond. Just unsnap the drain belt from inside to enjoy these pieces for years to come.

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    Choose from the Miena Robe, Kara Wrap Dress, or Conley Romper

    Luxurious and functional, the Miena Robe is the ultimate loungewear piece for breast surgery and post-reconstruction recovery. The super-soft modal fabric feels utterly luxurious against your skin and won't irritate any areas that are still healing. The lightweight feel is perfect for covering up without getting too warm. This soft robe also has a convenient front tie closure, which is perfect for those recovery days when it's tough to pull tops on and off over your head.

    The Kara Wrap Dress can be wrapped in both directions, allowing for customization to avoid any sensitive areas, or to switch up the look. With interior belt loops, the Kara Wrap Dress can be paired with our drain management belt during recovery to give you a versatile garment for everyday wear.

    Show off your style and stay comfortable in the Conley Romper. Made from our beautiful and luxurious signature modal material, not only is this romper soft and beautiful, it’s environmentally friendly too! Simply step into this loungewear essential, pull up the wrap-sleeves, and tie the belt where it fits you best for a full day of worry-free comfort and relaxation.

    Designed with two detachable pouches, the Drain Management Belt  allows you an easy, discreet place to keep your drains. You’ll be comfortable and look polished, while your drains stay in place and are kept fabulously out of the way while you heal. Having a surgery that requires more than just two pouches? We’ve got you covered. We sell additional drain belts separately, so you can get as many as you need! 

    Who said post-mastectomy loungewear can only be worn during recovery? After you’ve healed and your drains are finally removed, you can remove the belt and wear the loungewear as is. Just like all of our post-mastectomy recovery bras, these styles were designed to support you through every step of your journey as you heal.

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.