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I am five days post op after having brachioplasty. The right arm has been considerably swollen but,for some reason, not the left. On the third day after the procedure, my ps took off the bandages, said I could shower and to start wearing the compression garment. I got the specific garment recommended by my doc. I kept it on until this morning when I showered (today being Day 5 since the surgery). Since the doc said I did not necessarily have to wear it 24/7 I decided to leave it off for a while. Well, I immediately felt 100% better, was able to cut back on the pain med, the swelling in the right hand & arm went down and I could actually do a few thing for myself.
So now after showering this evening, I put this torture device back on and I'm back to feeling horrid. I doubt I will get any sleep again tonight. This just doesn't seem right. It's Friday night at 10 p.m. so I can't call the doc's office. I'm tempted to take the compression garment off, but I am really trying hard to do everything right so the scarring will be minimal.
By way of an update. . . . . .I was able to get in touch with my ps. He said to disregard the compression garment for the time being. I see him on Monday (tomorrow). I tried an Ace bandage for a while. It seemed to be ok. Meanwhile, my incision sites look to be healing well and I am being very careful.
Thank you so much for the suggestion. My doctor said it wouldn't be necessary in my case to wear the compression garment and when he saw it said it was too small to begin with. I called the company selling it prior to ordering and they sold it to me based on measurements that I gave to them over the phone. They were very good about returning my money (I'd never "worn" it since I took it off immediately after putting it on.) and just asked that I return it so they could figure out what the problem had been. I told them my arms were swollen to almost twice their size so that was part of the problem. The measurement was done prior to the surgery, which they knew.
Anyway, all's well that ends well, eh?
Thanks again. I'm having a bit of a problem keeping the silicone strips (which work wonderfully well with scar healing) staying on and I am going to try your suggestion for that.
Ahhh, I"m sure you're all through this now but I have to commiserate and add my own comments. I am wearing a stage 1 "mid body" compression garment (by Marena) supplied by my plastic surgeon. The bottom section is like a bathing suit and comes up to just under my breasts. Wearing this garment is an absolute misery. It hurts me more than the liposuction did. It doesn't have any straps to hold it up and it therefore binds into the natural curves at your waist. I can best describe how it feels is by imagining that someone is pinching you in the waist and it unrelentingly doesn't stop. The fabric binds up in a thick wad into your waist and feels like it gets progressively tighter and tighter. Having to wear a compression garment is not pleasant to begin with but when you have one that is ill fitting and literally causing you pain as you recover is horrid. All day long I am pulling and tugging at it to alleviate the misery this "garment" creates. I have ordered something new with straps that I hope is more comfortable. I would just encourage anyone that if your "garment" is uncomfortable, get something more suitable for the procedure you had done. Don't go through any extra suffering needlessly!
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