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To girdle or not to girdle? To girdle or not to girdle?

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Unread 02-02-2005, 07:51 PM
To girdle or not to girdle?

I am 4 weeks post op and still find it uncomfortable to sleep on either of my sides. I am not a "back" sleeper and it can be miserable. I can lay on my side for a few minutes and then it just gets to hurting too much. Anyone else out there with this problem?

Also, I was not told to wear a girdle and my Mom kept telling me that would help. I bought a pair of spandex or lycra firm fitting panties. I can't stand the tightness. I was hoping that would help... If I stick it out and wear them anyway, do you think it will get better?

Have a 5 week checkup next week. I plan on asking the doc. You guys recommend girdles?


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Unread 02-02-2005, 08:40 PM

I remember a physician telling my grandmother a few years before she died that no woman should ever wear a girdle. She was in ER with abdominal and chest pain. After tests, this was the conclusion: the girdle constricts the abdominal area too much.

What might be helpful is an abdominal binder. One of my home health nurses recommended one for me. It is adjustable with Velcro so you have a choice in how tight it can be. I never did receive my binder because it had to be ordered and then my post-op care was changed where I couldn't wear a binder.

Hope this helps.

Unread 02-02-2005, 08:50 PM
To girdle or not to girdle?

Hi. I think the binder might really help. The nurses at the castle gave me one and I've been wearing it ever since. (I will be 3 weeks post-op tomorrow.) Hope this helps.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 08:54 PM
To girdle or not to girdle?

Ok.....binder.... is that like a wide band of spandex that you put around your abdomen? And this does not hurt?

Unread 02-02-2005, 08:58 PM
medical eqipment

I would go to a medical supply/medical equipment store. Most hospitals have a store that's affiliated with them. There are a wide variety of binders. I think they might be Spandex, but they are soft against your skin and are adjustable with a band of Velcro on the front. Check and see if your insurance might pay for all of it or a portion of it if your doctor writes a prescription. Doctors can write needed medical equipment on a prescription pad. I think this would be helpful.

Unread 02-02-2005, 09:14 PM
To girdle or not to girdle?

I found that the cheapie Hanes brand light support panty helped me sleep on my side. I found them at Target and I believe they were only two for $9.00.
They also helped me while walking so my tummy wouldn't jiggle.
Good luck!
Unread 02-02-2005, 10:01 PM
To girdle or not to girdle?


You might try sleeping with a long body pillow. I bought one before my surgery on the advise of a friend and it was REALLY helpful.

I think you can find one for a good price at a store like Target or Walmart.

Remember, a sleeping Princess is a happy Princess.


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