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Clothes after Abdominal Hysterectomy

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When can I wear my regular clothes after my abdominal hysterectomy?When can I wear my regular clothes after my abdominal hysterectomy?


An abdominal hysterectomy involves either a vertical or horizontal abdominal incision. As the incision heals, you could experience abdominal tenderness and swelling which can make wearing certain clothes a bit uncomfortable.

What you wear after your hysterectomy will depend on how quickly you heal. As long as your incision is healing and you are experiencing swelling, you should avoid tight, constricting clothing.

During the initial recovery days, you may find loose fitting clothes to be the most comfortable. Sun dresses or garments with an empire style waist may feel the most comfortable. You may also find bottoms with a loose, elastic waist or a draw string more comfortable. Bikini panties that fit below your incision or granny panties a couple sizes too big may be comfortable choices. The key is to avoid irritating your incision. You may also want garments that will provide gentle support.

In general, it will be at least 4 weeks before you will be able to wear your regular clothes. You may need to avoid wearing your jeans and other tight clothing for even longer. By about 8 weeks post op, you should be able to wear your own clothes. However, don’t be surprised if things are a bit tight in the evening because you could continue to have some swelling for some time as you continue to heal.

No matter when you are released to return to work, you should consider loose fitting clothes for the first few weeks. You may find you experience swelling as your day progresses, so having some extra room in your clothes can help prevent some misery.



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.


06-27-2015 - 06:26 PM


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