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Unread 05-11-2002, 08:53 AM
Abdominal Binder

I don't know if any of the people who have had abdominal hysterectomies are told to use an abdominal binder. But, trust me, go to a medical supply store NOW and order one. Get the 9" wide one and they come in S,M,L. The sales people will help you get the right one.

TRUST ME - I had a TAH on 4/30 and am having a wonderful recovery. Pain is only there at night. In fact, when I take off the binder to take a shower, just the walk from the sink to the shower hurts so much without it. Without the binder, that whole belly area shakes so slightly and that really hurts. Put the binder on and away goes the shakey belly and all that pain. And the plus is that the swelling is much less with the binder on all the time. (I sleep in mine.) Please ask your doctor what he feels...but know that ALL plastic surgeons use them when doing tummy tucks for the same reason.
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Unread 05-11-2002, 09:55 AM
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What is this device made out of? I am 4 days in waiting and I already have a "belly", the doc warned me already that my post-op will be challenging because of it. I need to find out more about this support device of yours.. thanks
Unread 05-11-2002, 10:29 AM
Abdominal Binder

I bought some of the light- to medium-support panty-girdle thingies at kmart last weekend, even found some that're cotton! But I do want one of these belly-binder thingies...have seen several, but don't know which to trust...fairly certain the one with the hook-and-eye closure is a , but I've seen others in those medical supply catalogs that I get from companies like Romans...they're very wide (like from the waist up to the midriff) but I never noticed sizes on them, and kind of assumed I'd buy XL ... should the size be one less than what one would usually wear?
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Unread 05-11-2002, 10:33 AM
Abdominal Binder

Hi Ladies,

Please be sure that you get the OK from your own doctor before buying and using a tummy binder. Each of us is different and each of our surgeries will be slightly different.

((( Nygarmento)))

If your doctor gave you the go-ahead to use one, then I'm glad that the tummy binder is helping you.

But please keep in mind that a tummy tuck is not the same as a hysterectomy.


Unread 05-11-2002, 11:20 AM
Give me my TUMMY BINDER!

C-section in '89. Without the binder, my recovery would have been much slower and very painful. It lifts the apron off of the incision making it more comfortable and keeping it dry. It also helps very much with the jelly belly. Makes turning over in bed, getting out of bed much easier! I can't remember if I woke up with one or if I got it after I got out of bed the first time. BTW< mine was velcro.
Unread 05-11-2002, 11:43 AM
Abdominal Binder

Hi all, many women love the binders or support garments. However do check with your dr. They are not for everyone and you must use it correctly or you can cause damage. I for one did not (and could not use one). My surgeon was a gyn/onc specializing in ab surgery. I had a very large incision from pubic area to around and above my belly button. I could tolerate nothing on my incision (not even underwear). I could only wear panty hose for short periods of time for months after surgery as it would cause a lot of pain. I used a tummy pad given to me by the hospital (a blanket that was folded several times and taped) so it was a little more firm than a pillow but I could use it when I needed support.

Anyhow, my boring story was to say that binders are a great help for many but not for everyone. So don't rush out and buy one without talking to your Dr. Maybe the hospital will even supply you with one. Also if your Dr. says ok be sure not to get it too tight, you sure don't want to compromise your circulation to that area. s to you and I hope all goes well for each of you.
Unread 05-11-2002, 12:40 PM
abdominal binders

I am 3 weeks post-op and wear my abdominal binder except when I shower. I really feel that it makes it sooo much easier to move, when you cough, ect. It seems to hold everything where it needs to be. I also think it really helps with swelling. It is worth checking it out with your dr. Mine is a velcro one also. Hope this helps!
Unread 05-11-2002, 05:01 PM
Abdominal Binder

I'm definitely going to ask my dr. if she thinks I will need/want one. As for the apron issue, a binder would be a help with my apron.. Anyone know if they come in a size 3X??
Unread 05-14-2002, 07:56 AM
Abdominal binder

Dear Sparkel, I got mine at the Suncoast Pharmacy in Florida. I'm sure they are sold at all medical supply stores. Mine is 9" wide and closes on the ends with velcro. The whole thing is a stretch fabric which you can make tighter or looser depending on how you feel each day. Mine is from Florida Orthopedics, Inc. It is a hospital grade premium woven series latex free 3 panel surgical abdominal binder. (Whew!) Mine only cost $29.99. The ones from some of the websites I've seen were much more money. Good luck. Sizes are as follows: Small = 30" - 45",
Medium = 46" - 62", Large = 60-75". But, since you wear them kind of low down sitting also on your hips, make sure you take those measurements into consideration. Best regards.
Unread 05-14-2002, 10:11 AM

Thanks for you time and reply.. I am on the phone right now waiting to talk to doc and ask him about whether I would be a candidate for a tummy binder.. I go in tomorrow morning!

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