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Unread 10-28-2006, 09:27 PM
Swollen Belly--Swelly Belly Band and Pillows

I have been reading the board about bellies being swollen, which I figured would happen. My question about the belly band is how many of you used it? I saw a few people mention that they had problems with their bellies swelling 3 or more wks post-op. Did you find that the band help reduce the swelling later,will the band help prevent later swelling?
If I purchase the band, should I still purchase a pillow?

If so, what are/were your favorite pillows? I will be shopping at Walmart for one. I don't know where a Bed, Bath and Beyond is at.
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Unread 10-28-2006, 10:49 PM
Swollen Belly--Swelly Belly Band and Pillows

Swelly belly is quite common to some degree for most of us following surgery. The articles, Tummy - Swelly Belly Help and Tummy - Swollen? contain information about swelly belly and swelling following surgery.

Since I had a TVH, I didn't use the Swelly Belly Band, but I have read here that women who do use it, like it very much! You can read about the product and customer reviews here. You can also search in Hints for Swelly Belly Band and find other members who have used it.

As for pillows, if you are having a TAH or any type of hyst with external incisions, you will probably want to get some type of small pillow that you can hold against your belly when you cough, sneeze, laugh, and put between your belly and the seatbelt in the car. It doesn't have to be any special type of pillow. Many women use a small throw pillow or squesh pillow (the ones with the small soft beads inside). You can find a pillow at WalMart with no problems, I'm sure.

Best wishes with you upcoming surgery!

s, Deb
Unread 10-29-2006, 08:51 PM
Swollen Belly--Swelly Belly Band and Pillows

I ended up getting two swelly bands... in different sizes. Sometimes I like being held together a little better! It still feels good after 3 months. As for pillows... the hospital gave me a a big fluffy red pillow like the ones they give to heart surgery patients to hold onto. It's fun to hug but too big to carry around. Months before surgery a friend gave me a smaller heart shaped pillow with removable insides that can be heated in the microwave. I used it without heat to cushion under seat belt and to hold while getting in and out of bed and chairs, etc. Now, the heat feels good at night because it doesn't get too hot and I'm usually asleep by the time it cools down.

Best Wishes!!
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Unread 10-30-2006, 09:56 AM
Swollen Belly--Swelly Belly Band and Pillows

I'm planning to use a 'too-large' back brace for the band. When I need cool - I'll use a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel; for heat I'll use a Thermacare patch (probably the 'wrist wrap' size). Plans may change, but that's what I've decided as of now - two weeks to go.
Unread 10-30-2006, 10:59 AM
Swollen Belly--Swelly Belly Band and Pillows

My hospital sent me home with a binder that helped immensely with walking and getting up and down. They gave it to me on my 3rd morning there but should have had it the night before when I walked for the first time. I don't use it now but am going away for the weekend and will take it with me just to be safe.

To the hospital I took

msm-menthol cream(was my saving grace for the shoulder and back pain)
lotion for face
cream for legs
pick for hair
hair scrunchy(stayed in all the time even in surgery LOL)
cell phone (had to go out of the unit into the main hallway to use and didn't find that out til 4th day in.
my own snuggly blanket
stuffed elephant that a friend sent me for comfort and I slept with for the first two days.
cards to play games

Things the hospital provided.
gas x
stool softener
hot packs for back(although didn't know about them til 4th day they also had cold ones)
fan(had one on at the foot of my bed from morining of day two

Things I should have taken and forgot
Calling card

Now for pillows. I have been on the couch since coming home as our bed doesn't have enough support it is a softer more comfy mattress and I need a firmer support. After the first few days I took one of my body pillows I got at walmart and put it on the couch and then the sheet and slept that way it made a world of difference for my back but I still had the firmness I needed.

I spent the night with a friend from out of town in a motel owned by a family friend Saturday night and fell in love with the pillows they had. I asked her where she got them and she said Kohl's. They are normally $20 each but were on sale yesterday for $7.99 each so of course I snagged up 2 of them. Wish I would have had them from the beginning. They are Home Classics Brand, Egyptian Cotton, Extra Firm Density, 300 thread count for side sleepers. They are wonderful. They are firm but yet your head sinks down just the right amount. I plan on getting a few more while they are still on sale.

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