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Unread 11-12-2004, 08:54 PM

Has any one ever used a girdle for swelly belly??? would this not be easier than holding a pillow on your incision??
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Unread 11-12-2004, 09:15 PM

holding the pillow against the incision is for coughing, driving, sneezing, laughing, hard bowel movements, although i never bothered with a pillow once, I would kind of fold my body up you know chest towards knees in a crouched position, that worked for me, for my hyst and c sesctions.

Control top panties can be used for swelly belly after a week of post op, but you may find that the more you try to bind your belly to soon, the worse you end up making it and it stays longer. You need to wear a pantie with some support, a g string or soemthing low cut isn't going to cut it. Granny pants are great and they keep evreything tucked in, you know those fruit of the loom no bikini cut, but the brief style, so that it sits around your belly button or just above.
Unread 11-12-2004, 09:22 PM

Dear Tennytine,

I am 9 days post-op and have had success tremendous success with a 6 inch wide ACE bandage. I can stretch it to be very snug during the day and less snug during the evening. I have it placed just above my very wide bikini cut incision to hold the leftover parts in place, so it does not interfere with going potty. Good Luck.
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Unread 11-13-2004, 01:26 AM

I have a light support panty, but at times it is uncomfortable. My tummy from bikini incision to above belly button is still very sensitive. 4 weeks PO. It helps to keep things from jiggling which doesn't feel good, but the pressure on my skin and underlying tissues is like a burning sensation. Kind of like wearing clothes over a bad sunburn. I agree with the oversized Granny panties. I am ashamed to admit that I bought nylon ones 2 sizes larger than I normally wear, and they feel great. No pressure on my waistband. I am having a hard time with this feeling, and hoping that is just swelly belly since it isn't so bad in the a.m. but as the day goes on it progresses. Is anyone else feeling this way?

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