Abdominal Binder is a wide compression belt that encircles your abdomen. They come in many sizes and widths. Most are made from elastic and have Velcro or hook and loop closures. Some abdominal binders offer secondary lumbar support. Others have straps that hold surgical drainage tubes in place.
An abdominal binder may be used to speed up the recovery process after abdominal surgery. Your doctor may recommend that you wear one after:
- a cesarean section
- bariatric surgery
- an exploratory laparotomy
- a hysterectomy
- a tummy tuck
- spinal surgery
A carefully-positioned binder may be used in people with spinal cord injury to help:
- support the abdomen
- maintain abdominal pressure
- improve respiratory function
Benefits of an Abdominal Binder
- Wearing an abdominal binder may decrease post-operative pain.
- It may also decrease psychological distress following your procedure.
- They also may promote deep breathing.
After surgery, an abdominal binder is thought to:
- support your surgical incision
- relieve pain
- get you moving more
- reduce swelling
There’s not a lot of scientific evidence on the benefits of abdominal binders. A 2014 systematic review found that abdominal binders may decrease early postoperative pain and reduce psychological distress. There’s some evidence abdominal binders may also promote coughing and deep breathing after surgery, and improve overall mobility.
More research is needed to prove abdominal binders definitively help prevent fluid build-up (seroma) after abdominal surgery or improve overall physical function.
Using an abdominal binder after a hysterectomy may help:
- hold your abdominal muscles together to relieve pain
- increase circulation at your surgical site to promote healing and decrease swelling
- make physical activity more comfortable
- strengthen abdominal muscles
How to use an abdominal binder
You may wake up from anaesthesia after abdominal surgery wearing an abdominal binder. Depending on the type of surgery you have, an abdominal binder may be worn for up to six weeks or for the full the duration of your recovery. As you heal, your doctor may let you wear the binderless.
You can also purchase abdominal binders at Orthodynamic Ltd. When choosing an abdominal binder, it’s important to get the right size. To determine your size, measure the widest part of your body the binder will cover. For women, the widest part is usually the hips. For men, it’s usually the waist.
Wrap the binder around your abdomen, under your clothes, with the closures in the front. Make sure the binder is snug, but not too tight. You should be able to breathe comfortably.
Keep the binder clean and dry. If it gets wet or dirty, it may irritate your skin or increase your risk of infection. Most binders may be spot-cleaned and air dried. Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
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An abdominal corset also known as abdominal binder is a special compression garment that you wear around your midsection. You may be wondering why you would need to wear an abdominal binder after having a baby.
The reasons for wearing an abdominal binder are typically related to surgery or childbirth – or sometimes, both! Maybe it seems like putting extra pressure on your belly might even hurt.
On the contrary, compression is a common technique used to speed healing, often after surgery or after an injury like a sprained ankle. Compression offers support to the area that is healing.
Compression also increases blood flow and reduces swelling, both of which are key components of the healing process.
The purpose of an abdominal binder it to promote healing through compression. During pregnancy, your baby takes up an amazing amount of space inside your body. Your abdominal muscles are stretched to their limit, and your lower back muscles must compensate for the shift in your center of gravity.
The growing baby pushes your internal organs out of the way as he grows and grow. By the end of your pregnancy, your stomach has been pushed up close to your heart! As anyone who has had a baby knows, it takes some time before you return to your pre-pregnancy shape.