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Unread 08-29-2009, 08:34 AM
Nothing to wear...

I am having great problems wearing clothes. I am 2.5 weeks post op from a TAH. My incision is healing well, but it's still tender. I can not wear underwear, as the fabric irritates the incision. If I skip the underwear, it is my actual shorts/pants that irritate me. My best bet is my husband's boxer shorts. These are a fine option for in the house, but I need to wear something else in public. Any ideas? Is there something I can put over the incision to keep the clothes from irritating it???? Help.
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Unread 08-29-2009, 08:42 AM
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have you tried the granny sort of panties made of cotton? I find that they don't irritate me at all; I have the really really large ones. Very charming (!) but also very comfortable.
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Unread 08-29-2009, 08:46 AM
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My nurse gave me extra panties from the hospital. They aren't very fashionable but they don't stick to my incision and don't cause me any irritation.

When those are gone it will be oversized boxer briefs...the fabric is soft and they aren't quite as bulky as the regular boxers.
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Unread 08-29-2009, 09:03 AM
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There are hipster underwear that sits above the incision and at least you don't have to feel like you are wearing granny panties. Most companies make them and they come in sports styles and various colors. At least they are not so depressing!
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Unread 08-29-2009, 09:55 AM
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I have the same problem. I wear the mesh ones from the hopsital (3 pair) and keep re-washing them in delicate and also I bought a couple very inexpensive extra large pair from WM before the surgery, thanks to some advice from this site!

I have no pants comfortable enough to wear - only a couple pajama bottoms and only a couple skirts loose enough so my wardrobe is easy to plan! And "slide-in" slippers and shoes - flats - are my constant companions.
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Unread 08-29-2009, 09:58 AM
Re: Nothing to wear...

Is your incision still covered with a dressing? If not maybe ask the doctor to recommend an appropriate dressing that will protect the incision from friction but not impede healing.
I did not have TAH but multiple laps and with the LAVH the suprapubic incision was about 2.5 inches long and extremely tender for a long time. In addition I had the umbilical and bilateral hip incisions. I had had an emergency lap 5 weeks before the hyst so my abdomen was distended and tender. The incision sites were all angry. In total, just like you, underwear and clothing was not my friend.
I love the Barely There underwear they have virtually no waist band to dig in, are soft, fit well, and stay put so they do not rub on incisions. I have 2 styles 2113 and 2213. The 2113 sits just below lateral incisions and the 2213 sits above. I preferred the 2213 on days when swelly belly is big.
I also discovered through trial and error that yoga pants with a wide waist are comfortable. The bit of stretch gives some external support with out the squish. I also like the pants or capri style of stretchy pant that has the fold down waist band. When I'm real tender and swollen I keep the waist unfolded so no pressure to abdomen but they won't fall off either. When I'm not that swollen I fold it over and feel like I am dressed neatly. I've been really successful at Target finding cost effective recovery clothes.
Good luck
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Unread 08-29-2009, 10:54 AM
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Fruit of the Loom cotton briefs from Walmart. Get a size bigger than what you normally wear. They are fantastic...
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Unread 08-29-2009, 11:29 AM
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Fruit of the Loom cotton briefs from Walmart. Get a size bigger than what you normally wear. They are fantastic...
mscleo is right on with her suggestion. These are the same ones that I've been wearing and they are very comfortable. However, I did not have to size up. Check the back of the package for the sizes. btw - I had a TAH/BSO on 8/18 and for the first few days I didn't wear any underwear but since last Monday I've been wearing the Fruit of the Loom cotton briefs from Walmart. The ones that I got are no ride up either which is always helpful.
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Unread 08-29-2009, 12:18 PM
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Are these different from fruit of the loom from other stores? Must be my shape they don't work for me.
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Unread 08-29-2009, 12:29 PM
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Anyone have ideas on where to find business-casual pants that are plus-sized that might work? I don't dare try regular waist bands yet. I went to Walmart, but only found knit pants with elastic waists....not dressy enough for work. I don't wear dresses or skirts.
Lane Bryant doesn't have anything decent either.
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