Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to your most common questions about products and services that Transitions at Bedard offers.

I am not going through cancer treatments. Can I still come in for a wig or hair piece fitting?
Yes. We carry wigs and hair pieces for many types of hair thinning and hair loss.

I am starting to lose my hair. Where do I begin?
We recommend starting your search at Transitions before your treatment begins. By starting before hair loss begins, our specialists can match your hair color, texture, and style as close to your natural coloring as possible. However, if you have already experienced hair loss, we can still assess your needs and help you. We can also custom order a cranial prosthesis to meet your individual needs.

We generally schedule 2 appointments in order to tend to your needs as throroughly as possible. The first appointment consists of a free consultation with a licensed prosthetic fitter in order to assess your measurements, color and style preferences. This appointment can last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your needs. At the completion of the consultation appointment, a second appointment is made. During your second appointment, alterations and customizations will be made to your cranial prosthesis. You will receive and leave with your prosthesis at the conclusion of this appointment. A third appointment is optional for a follow-up and any additional alterations you may need. Charges may apply to additional appointments.

Do I need an appointment?
No. Walk-ins are accepted for all types of services, where we will discuss your basic needs and concerns. An appointment may be necessary for more detailed services that require more time with our fitters. You can schedule a fitting appointment by calling us at 784-3700, or you can schedule an appointment online.

I recently had a mastectomy - How do I get prosthetics?
We carry various post-mastectomy bra styles that are suitable for your lifestyle needs. We also carry a full line of breast prosthetics by American Breast Care and other various companies. We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment. ABC certified fitters will take appropriate measurements and assess your brassier and prosthetic sizes. We will also help guide you with the appropriate brassier styles based on your lifestyle and preference. Walk-ins are welcome.

I recently had surgery on my breasts, but not a mastectomy. Can you still fit me for my post-surgical garments?
Yes. We carry various post-operative garments for many types of surgeries.

I'm interested in a bra fitting, but I have not had a mastectomy. Can I still be fit at Transitions?
Absolutely. We welcome women of all ages to come in and get measured for a proper bra size and style.

Do you carry nursing pumps & supplies?
Transitions at Bedard carries a wide variety of Medela nursing products, including nursing pads, breast pumps, bottles, nursing brassiers, camisoles, etc, and may be fully or partially covered by insurance. Visit our staff at Bedard Medical for more information.

Do I have to have insurance to purchase medical equipment and supplies?
No. You can purchase any medical equipment or supplies without insurance; however some equipment and supplies may require a prescription from a doctor. For more information on what equipment or supplies require a prescription, call customer service at 207-784-3700 or
1-866-6BEDARD (623-3273).

I am having breast cancer surgery soon. Is there any product that would help alleviate the post-surgical pain?
Yes, depending on the type of surgery you are having, a compression garment used immediately after surgery, and for a period of up to 8 weeks thereafter, can help to reduce the pain. Gentle compression around the torse helps to relieve post-surgical edema. Some of our compression garments come with removable drain pockets to hold the fluid bottle. Ask your surgeon if a compression garment is beneficial following your procedure.

What is the difference between a mastectomy bra and a regular bra?
The only difference is that a mastectomy bra contains a lightweight pocket that is discreetly sewn into the bra cup. The pockets are designed to hold a variety of liners and breast forms without compromising the fit of the bra when the pocket is not being used. Anyone can wear a mastectomy bra!

What is the difference between a mastectomy bra and a compression bra?
Compression bras are designed to help facilitate lymph drainage and edema from the breast and chest wall after surgery. Compression bras are generally equipped with thick straps and are elongated to cover a portion of the torso. Mastectomy bras are not designed to deal with swelling, drainage, or discomfort. They have thinner straps than a compression bra, and they come in a wide variety of styles. Their primary function is to enhance aesthetic appearance to a woman's body.