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Unread 09-16-2010, 01:05 PM
Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

Hey sisters!
I am 8 days post op DaVinci & have not officially used any tummy support. The more I am up & around, the more I feel I need it....I am also wondering about ice on my tummy.
I was thinking I might be past the point of needing some kind of support...but I am second guessing myself...
How long do fellow daVinci sisters use tummy support? What is your favorite? Does ice still help after a week's time?

Thank you so much sisters! Many blessings to you all!
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Unread 09-16-2010, 02:28 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

Hi Rav4jc,
I am a little over 3wks post op DVH. To be honest I did not use tummy support never really felt the need for it. There were times when my tummy and especially the belly button incision was a bit more sore and a feel of pressure than other times. At the times when I got that sensation I attributed it to my being up and movnig about too much so I just got back on the couch for a little while.
I know for me my belly button incision gets a feeling of pressure if I need to rest a bit and so it feels hard and sore.
Hope this helps.
Unread 09-16-2010, 02:53 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

Thank you S!
I don't have a belly button incision I guess due to other surgeries using the belly button. I DO remember the tenderness of that incision & it really is a good indicator of doing too much!
I am still trying to learn my signs to rest without overdoing it--LOL!
Thanks again--bunches of blessings to you!
Wendy :-)
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Unread 09-16-2010, 05:03 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

I am nine weeks out. I bought the belly band from this website for extra support. Around week 4-5 it was needed. I still swell up quite a bit at night. My doc said that could last up to 6 months. I use a heating pad. I sleep with it and it really helps. My doc said the heat pulls the blood to the area of surgery which actually speeds up the healing.
Working well for me....maybe you can try that.
Unread 09-16-2010, 05:52 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

Gettin--Love your name!!
Thanks for the input--answers my question about possibly needing it later on. I work with young children & I am just picturing the hugs & hands all over this swelly belly--makes me want added support even more!
Can you tell me which band you got? Is that the name of it??
Thank you & blessings!!
Wendy :-)
Unread 09-16-2010, 06:44 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

I only used my "supportive" underwear and they were enough for me but if I had still had my old support band from a previous surgery I would have used it. I found that being up and around didn't bother me so much but if I was sitting up in bed forward slouching that was bad for the whole area.
Unread 09-16-2010, 07:25 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

I bought the "Abdominal Binder Supporter". It was $18.95 and worth every penny. I had it in about 3 days after ordering. I still use it when I am swollen-the support is wonderful, and like you mentioned it's great for protection. I use it if I am in a busy store too, big crowds scare me that someone is going to bump into my swelly belly. To get it go to the upper right hand STORE link. It is under SURGICAL AIDES. Good luck. the surgery was the best thing I could have done for myself, and the binder just made it that much easier!
Unread 09-16-2010, 08:54 PM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

G-Thanks so much! You answered my questions exactly!
2- good to know!

Thanks ladies! This is a great site --love connecting with sisters who "Know" where I am!
Thank you thank you thank you!!
((hugs)) & blessings!!
Unread 09-17-2010, 11:15 AM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

I used a regular old ace wrap around my abdomen from week 3 when I started doing more physically. And also your abdomen will swell with activity i noticed but was told this was normal. I personally used an icepack on it as it was more soothing for me than heat. Also still now when I sleep (I am a side sleeper) I snug a pillow in my abdomen just to give it support and not just let it for lack of better words ..hang there. hope this helps...xoxo
Unread 09-17-2010, 11:32 AM
Re: Tummy support, post op 8 days da Vinci

I used a basic abdominal binder for about a week then stopped. I don't know why, just felt like I could do without it. It's still around if that changes. Haven't felt the need for hot or cold on the incisions so far.

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