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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