We provide free gifts of comfort for women undergoing breast surgery. Our comfort cushion packs consist of our special crest-shaped cushion, a drain bag and information about the other services available through the Foundation.
These cushions are lovingly sewn by an amazing group of HBCF volunteers. Around 500 comfort cushions are distributed to Hunter hospitals each year.
The HBCF comfort cushions facilitate rest and sleep by cushioning and supporting the wound site after surgery, but there are lots of different ways comfort cushions can be used:
1. Armpit comfort
A sentinel node biopsy or an axillary node dissection can leave tender incisions or scars in an area where there are plenty of nerves. Placing a comfort cushion between your arm and chest can ease the pain of axillary and mastectomy incisions.
2. Safety belt pillow
After a lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction, your chest area will be tender anywhere you have incisions. Use our comfort cushion to place
between you and the upper body part of the seatbelt to protect from chafing and distribute the pressure on your chest.
3. Breast support pillow
After a lumpectomy or reconstruction, your breast may feel tender. Having breast surgery changes the balance of weight on your chest muscles. Until you adjust to this, our comfort cushion is useful to support your breast until the incisions heal and your muscles adjust.
4. Between breasts
When you’ve had any kind of breast surgery, your balance changes and you really feel that change in your chest. If you sleep on your side, the weight of your
breasts on your chest muscles may feel different than it did before surgery. Tucking the comfort cushion between your breasts may help relieve the discomfort from muscles being expanded for breast implants.
5. Arm rest pillow
If you are going to be sitting still for a long chemo infusion, it can ease your arm to rest it on a comfort cushion. You could also use this pillow while lying down, to support your arm over your chest. Elevating your arm while resting may also ease lymphoedema symptoms.
6. Chest splint
Hold your cushion firmly against your chest wall when you cough to splint your surgical site and decrease discomfort.