The Perfect Post-Surgery Bra: My Honest Review

shoulder injury bra

 As a 50-year-old woman who has always valued her independence, facing a shoulder injury has been a somewhat humbling experience, to say the least. You don't realize how much it limits you and what you take for granted.

I had a fall and landed on my shoulder. It started as minor discomfort, a twinge here and there, but gradually escalated into persistent pain that made even the simplest tasks feel monumental.

Then, I had to undergo shoulder surgery. Anything that required lifting an arm (which is most things), such as dressing myself, especially putting on a bra—became a daily discomfort. Mostly because my husband had to help, and that's a physical challenge in itself.

"So, here's what I've learned after being dressing-bound. A bra is not just a piece of clothing; it's a personal and intimate part of my routine that symbolizes dignity and self-sufficiency."

Struggling to hook a bra behind my back or contorting my arm to adjust straps was frustrating and often painful. I realized I needed to find a solution that would not only support me through recovery but also help me maintain my independence.

I began my hunt for the perfect bra, knowing that my priorities had shifted. I knew what I was looking for:

  • Pre-surgery: A bra that I can put on without twisting or lifting my arm and that can also support my 36D breasts.
  • Post-surgery: Something comfortable. I don't expect myself to be able to dress in the first weeks, but something that my husband can also do easily.

Comfort, ease of use, and support were now at the top of my list. I needed something that would be gentle on my shoulders, easy to put on, and still provide the support I required for my 36D breasts.

I came across this post-surgery blog and discovered the Liberare Wrap Bralette. I trust honest reviews (which is why I'm writing this in the hope it might help someone else), and this one said that the Wrap Bralette was front-closure, easy to put on, and very soft to wear post-surgery. Great, I'll give it a go.

Now, I said I'd be honest, and yes, it is 100% comfortable. Its front closure means I put it on like a jacket—no lifting my arm up (result!)—and it’s supportive for my 36D bust. I got a large for reference.

Pre-surgery, when I tried it, the fastener was easy to use. Post-surgery, it was a little more difficult because I was in a lot more pain and therefore couldn't fasten it at the front. Something, inevitably, I knew would happen, so my husband had to help, and for him, it was so easy. It clicked into place while I was lying down and held all day. I, of course, bought other post-surgery bras, a couple of cheap ones off Amazon, but this one became my go-to in the first few recovery weeks.

But the real revelation came with the Liberare Everyday Easy-On Bra. I'm actually still wearing this now, six months post-surgery.

It's designed with a front closure and five no-hook fasteners. When I say no hooks, I mean those universal fiddly hook-and-eyes on bras. This bra uses a different type of fastener that locks together. They actually have a magnetized glide, meaning that no effort was needed to pinch them together—they literally slid and locked into place. Not to mention, it’s wireless and has nice, thick, comfortable straps on my shoulder, which took the pressure off my injured shoulder entirely.

I've been wearing the Everyday Easy-On Bra even before my surgery, and it has made a significant difference. The ease of the front closure means no more awkward twisting or straining, and the soft, supportive design has kept me comfortable throughout the day. It fits perfectly, and I often find myself wondering why all bras aren't designed this way.


One thing I couldn't work out was why it had loops. Then I realized it's an accessible design element for those with arthritis or hand injuries who might struggle to pinch. To be honest, knowing this made me love it even more.

This journey has taught me the importance of having adaptive clothing and how it can significantly impact one's quality of life. I've been wearing "normal bras" all my life, and when my injury happened, I felt stuck on what to do. Comfort and ease of use are now a priority, and even though I'm through the hardest part of my recovery journey, I still value my Easy-On Bra