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Unread 11-30-2011, 07:20 AM
Re: Undies and Others!

Originally Posted by zadie View Post
going up a size or two should work; and after the surgery the undies won't be loose because of the swelling so you should be fine with the pads staying in place; good questions!
Yes... I'm not ready for this either. How long does the swelling last? And would that be for LAVH as well? What size of pads do we need to buy?
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Unread 11-30-2011, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ShatziLKF View Post
I purchased gianormous panties as recommended and hated them. My usual panties are band-free, the gianormous ones weren't. I felt like the princess and the pea, feeling every little touch of the elastic. I tried my regular panties on about day 5 and they felt better then the gianormous ones. So my recommendation to you is it all depends on your regular panties. If you can find the ones you already like in a size or two up, go for it.

As far as PJ's, I lived in yoga pants and oversized v-neck t-shirts during my recovery they became my "uniform". I often slept in them, they were so comfy (and I had plenty of them). And once I was feeling up to getting out, I wore my "uniform" which hid my belly band.

Good luck to you!

I get it... thanks very much! Dont the yoga pants press on the belly? And what is this belly band - is it the one that helps keep the tummy in and strengthens the muscles? When do you start wearing it?
Unread 11-30-2011, 07:39 AM
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No, the yoga pants didn't press on my belly. I buy the Danskin brand from Walmart. They have a really wide waistband and didn't put pressure anywhere.

The belly band is something many sisters swear by, me included. I woke up from my surgery as two nurses were putting one on me. It gives support and helps to keep "swelly belly" down. Ask your DR if one is recommended, I have read on here that some DR's are not fans.

Good luck!
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Unread 11-30-2011, 07:57 AM
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not sure about your hosp, but ours has the panties that they use in anyyhng below the bellybutton period....they stretch frm tiny to huge....if the bleeding is minimal, urinary pads have good absorbancy(i promise, i am 31) and seem to control the post surg odors. Tena and poise both have a longer thinner pad. The panties from hospital can be washed and feel like u have nothing on...
I still have a few pair just because even if they r not very attractive.... I didnt have much bloating after my surg, a little swelling, but everyone is different...it also helps alot if you surgeon pulls as much gas back off as he can. Lucky again, my dr did that too, and i didnt have the gas pains women talk of... I hope everything goes well for you! My hyst went well. Cant say that part didnt. It was the other stuff...lol...*hugs* to you, and its easy to say dont worry because you will. But you have a wonderful support group of ladies who have pretty much been through it all....

Unread 12-08-2011, 10:56 AM
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Thank you so much... there are so many issues to deal with. emotional, physical etc etc. I found your post so reassuring. I have been anxious about the gas part of it!! There's no dearth of areas for concern. Help!
Unread 12-08-2011, 11:29 AM
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I figured i'd wait and see what seemed right rather than buying undies now. We're pretty poor and buying random clothes just isn't in the budget. I think what is comfortable is going to depend on exactly where the incisions are and where my undies sit on them.
Unread 12-08-2011, 11:30 AM
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The belly band is something many sisters swear by, me included. I woke up from my surgery as two nurses were putting one on me. It gives support and helps to keep "swelly belly" down. Ask your DR if one is recommended, I have read on here that some DR's are not fans.
I didn't get a belt and neither did my doctor recommend one (or say much about anything, actually), but was suggested for traveling.

Leaving the hospital about four weeks ago, I brought home some extra underwear, which I keep washing. Most of my underwear are bikini/low rise that skim the incision. Bought some underwear at Target last week that work really well. Bought them in large, and one pack in medium, but probably should have gotten large in them.

I don't have too much swelling, just a little above the incision, but my lower stomach feels tender when something brushes against it or is too tight. I just put on loose jeans yesterday for the first time. They weren't bad, but yoga or higher rise sweats are better for just afterwards. My husband has a pair of fleece sweats that worked great (he's an XL so they nearly drowned me!).

I also mostly wore tank tops with a built in bra since stretching to put a real one on was a bit tough. I can do a full bra now, but still like my tanks.
Unread 12-08-2011, 11:54 AM
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I liked the mesh panties they had at the hospital. It was suggested here to ask for an extra pair to bring home and I did...wore one home so I had 2.

I also bought 3 prs panties one size larger. I never got the swelly belly and in fact lost a few lbs. But those panties were good because they were easier on the incision. Slightly loose but they stayed up.

It was suggested here to get a pair of large pants with a drawstring waist and I did find some. No elastic at the waist, just drawstring. Really good although again I was not any larger at the waist.

I wore a wide nightgown at home for the first few days.

I also have some big tee shirts and leggings that are slightly big at the waist.

Even if you don't have a swelly belly it's best to have loose clothing around your stomach because of the incisions.
Unread 12-08-2011, 04:48 PM
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I had an SAH. So I have a low incision. I was not prepared for "swelly belly" as the sisters put it at all....lol. I also had Adenomyosis with fibroids. I didn't think i would need extra panties or support ones. I will say that since surgery about day 10 I have started wearing supportive underware. There are all kinds and some in the hystersyster store. I found the support felt more comfortable than my usual undies. I also had a lot of skin pain....the best way to explain it is it's like having a sunburn but no burn on my belly. Having the supportive undies covered up that skin so it wasn't being touched as often. I found this to be of great relief as well. I would say if you can, have a variety to chose from cause you just don't know what is going to feel the best.....at least I sure didn't. best of luck to you!
Unread 12-08-2011, 04:55 PM
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The key with underwear is to avoid the incisions, because they will be tender for a while. You may also have internal abdominal soreness from muscles that were retracted. I had a bikini cut and granny briefs were the only ones that worked. High cut underwear cuts right across a bikini incision. I wanted a high waistband above all the abdominal pain. However, those with laproscopic incisions near the belly button may need a different cut. Someone recommended boy cut to me, but they have front seam (not good for bikini or vertical incisions). I bought 4 different sizes at Target because I wasn't sure if I would grow or shrink following removal of huge fibroids. I wore the underwear that was 2 sizes too big for the first 2 months. Now I am down to one size too big. Eventually, I'm hoping to reach one size smaller when the swelling finally goes away. Buy a few different types of inexpensive underwear, then buy more of what fits best.

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