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Piles of Pillows after Hysterectomy
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How important are pillows after surgery?
Pillows are an essential part of your recovery. You will need them at the hospital immediately after surgery and throughout your recovery at home. No pillow is without a purpose during this time!
You may not notice before surgery, but after surgery you will likely notice that coughing and sneezing can strain your lower abdominal region. Holding a small pillow (like the Pocket Pillow
) over your incision when you cough or sneeze can help support and protect the area from any strain.
On your way home from the hospital, placing a small pillow between your tender incision area and the seatbelt can make for a safer and more comfortable car ride. In fact, it might be best to leave that pillow in whichever car you plan on riding in most so you can have that protection throughout your recovery.
At home, your tummy pillow can also be used to prevent pets and small children from bumping your incisions. It's also helpful to hold against your tummy when loved ones' efforts to cheer you up get you giggling!
Of course, you can also use pillows in a more traditional manner—lounging and sleeping. Surrounding yourself with various pillows on your couch, recliner, or other resting spot can help preserve your tummy muscles and ease an aching back.
When sleeping on your side, you can put a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, you can put a pillow under your knees. A wedge pillow can keep you propped up and possibly help with gas issues. If your spouse has a tendency to roll into you at night, a pillow barrier might help keep him off your turf.
If you have yet to experience the magic of a body pillow, this may the perfect time to try one. Whether on the couch or the bed, body pillows can form around your back or tummy, supporting you in multiple ways. There are straight body pillows, that are basically just an elongated pillow, or, if you look in maternity shops, there are a wide variety of curved, contoured ones
To add to your collection, a donut pillow may also be helpful. These are specifically designed to relieve pressure off the coccyx area when seated. These can help make sitting upright at home, in the car, and at work a bit more comfortable for you.
Pillows play an important role in your recovery, so take some time to gather a few. The more sizes and shapes you can collect, the better!
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
11-21-2013 - 11:16 AM
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