30 November 2023

Mastectomy Prosthesis and Exercise: Yes, You Can Swim, Too!

A mastectomy shouldn’t stop you from enjoying activities you love. With a suitable mastectomy prosthesis and proper guidance, you can participate in various exercises, including swimming. Swimming rebuilds muscle strength and improves cardiovascular fitness while going easy on the joints.


Choosing the Right Mastectomy Prosthesis for Swimming


Selecting the right mastectomy prosthesis can significantly improve your comfort and confidence while swimming. A mastectomy prosthesis for the pool is made from lightweight, water-resistant materials such as silicone or foam. Silicone prostheses are more durable and provide a natural shape, while foam prostheses are lighter and dry more quickly. When selecting one, you want to consider:


  • Shape and Size. Choose a prosthesis that closely matches your natural breast shape and size for a symmetrical appearance. We can help you find the perfect fit.
  • Attachment Options. Some swim prostheses can be attached directly to the chest wall with adhesive or inserted into pocketed swimwear. Consider which option would be most comfortable and convenient for you.
  • Maintenance. Choose a prosthesis that is easy to clean and maintain, ensuring longevity and hygiene.
  • Swimwear for Post-Mastectomy Exercise. Besides an appropriate prosthesis, you’ll also want to consider specialized swimwear designed for post-mastectomy use. Look for swimwear with features such as a pocketed design to hold the swim prosthesis securely. You may also want a high neckline and armholes for extra coverage and support.


Don’t let a mastectomy keep you from enjoying swimming and other exercises. With the right mastectomy prosthesis and swimwear, you can regain confidence and participate in the activities you love. At Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we offer a wide range of mastectomy prostheses and products, including swim prostheses and specialized swimwear. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


Since 2014, Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics has become the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area’s preferred source for orthotics, prosthetics, diabetic footwear, mastectomy prosthetics, and shoe inserts.