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should i wear a binder?

should i wear a binder?

Postby jacquie37 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:22 pm

Hey guys, im 19 days post op FTT, MR, HR....I am from Australia and my PS didnt advise me to wear a binder or anything...he said to me when a women has a c-section or historectory..i think i spelt that wrong but anyway that do they wear anything and said no they dont so why should you...so i gathered he doesnt think they are any use...but i was thinking that i feel like i need that support to hold me in..i have swelling badly at the end of the day ..i feel and look like a big ballon after being on my feet for 4-5 hrs striaght trying to get stuff done ...do you guys recommend i wear one and if so what do i buy at this stage ...we have target here and K-mart which is like a walmart ...can someone plz help me on this??

Another thing is it normal to be swollen like this , i feel like i havent been flat all all. My hernia was in the bellybutton so that area around it seems to swell and look puffy and the button does not look like a bellybutton it seems to be just be a smooth area with my tummy...i dont know i hope it will look like one in time....anyone else have a hernia there and felt it looked werid and sore if u have pressurre on it ?
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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby HopefulMomma » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:50 pm

Hi Jacquie, I would say that it wouldn't hurt to try some type of CG. They sell the spanx type garments at Target and Kmart that come in a panty or in a shorts-type and come all the way up to under your breast. I think that it would definitely help with feeling some support and decrease some of that swelling. I made an appointment with a physical therapist in town for a lymphatic massage and the first thing she asked was what was I wearing for compression. I said my PS only recommends a binder the 1st 4 wks and then the other 2 wks only half the time and nothing else. She said that in order to decrease the swelling from lymphedema (which is the type of swelling we get after a tt) you have to keep compression to the site about 23 hrs/day until it starts getting better. I'm still wear some type of cg all day to help with the swelling. By the way there is a difference between a hysterectomy and a c section in terms of compression and swelling of the abdomen, there is usually no disruption of the lymph nodes which is what causes the increased and prolonged swelling; with a TT there is disruption of the lymph nodes when they separate the skin layers. Good luck to you!

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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby 200mph » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:02 pm

Hi, I am no expert but from my own experience I would of been lost without a CG. How do you deal with the pressure in your belly when you stand up. I guess everyone is different but the CG was a life saver to me. I am 5weeks out and still wear some short of CG. Marena makes some fantastic garments. I ordered three pairs. The ship overseas.
Also I learned from others on here that swelling is very normal. Best of luck!
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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby jacquie37 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:19 pm

hopefulmomma and 200mph thank you so much with the advice... I am going to ring around on monday to see if i can start L-massage for sure as iit seems to be helping everyone on here...as for how do i do in it with no compession garment ..its been a battle really i have found that i just keep hunchin over to relieve the pressure and feel like i lose my breath when ive been on my feet doing stuff and talking ...i think im going to get one for sure... i think it will be of great sopport .... Its odd that my ps doesnt advise to wear them when if fact they do help oh well .....i swear you guys are wonderful. Thank you so much
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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby jacquie37 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:24 pm

One more thing guys what size do i buy... just my normal size?
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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:28 pm

Hi Jacquie!

I just want to say that your swelling is normal. The binder/cg won't stop the swelling. But, it can make you feel better in your swelling! Swelling most likely will go on for months though, and you won't wear a binder for months.

However, I do think that "early" swelling in the first month to 6 weeks, seems worse feeling than later swelling. Plus you are dealing with the newness of the surgery and are not used to the "new normal" that we have for a while after this surgery! Later we just get used to things that bothered us in the beginning, and of course they do lessen too.

But I did just want to let you knwo that the swelling you are having is totally normal, CG/Binder or not.
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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby Hopefloats » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:08 pm

I was one of those women that had a Hysterectomy without any sort of compression garment or binder...and I can tell you that this time around, with my FTT and a CG, I am 100% more strong 3 weeks post op. The extra support it gives allows me to be that more confident in everything I do. I was hunched over and still in a LOT of pain (and resulting meds) following my hysterectomy at 10 days post op... but at 4 days post op, I could stand almost perfectly straight and was off all meds with my TT.

I agree Spanx is a good idea... since they are relatively inexpensive and still effective.

My PS only had me wear a Stage one CG, no binder... and at my 2 week Post Op appointment he said I could start to ween myself off the CG and not wear it anymore. I still wear it, since it gives me that extra support to carry on my day, but his permission to no longer wear it, just reinforces that every PS is different in their protocol and there's no "absolute" in this whole thing!!!

If you feel you need the support go for it, but dont think your recovery is in jeopardy because he didnt prescribe it as part of your post op routine!

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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby Alpha.Female » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:00 pm

Hey there, another Aussie here. I didn't wear a binder until all my tubes were out. Then I wore one for 6 weeks. You can get them almost anywhere. I'd try chemists for the valcro binder I was given.
But if you want to move until controlled underwear. Try here http://www.zodee.com.au/Womens/Shapewear/Briefs/ or if you are out and about, Target, Big W, K Mart all have their versions. Buy the size you are.
Hope that helps you out. :)

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Re: should i wear a binder?

Postby Milney77 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:29 pm

Hi Jacquie,
What a stupid thing for him to say.... the surgeries are completely different!!!! If you saw how they do a Tummy Tuck you would see the skin and fat is separated from the muscle below and in a full TT this is done all the way up to under your ribs. All of that then has to adhere again, you end up with a lot of drainage as a result (it is a very vascular area) hence many people having to keep drains in several weeks. The compression garment helps it to stick down again and as many people say it gives support and comfort...a feeling of security.
My surgeon sent me to a surgical supply place pre op to purchase the compression garments for my Tummy Tuck and Brachioplasty. As I am from Adelaide I can hightly recommend the lovely ladies that fit you for these. Contact Gabbi Polito at Medical Vision 35 North Terrace Hackney Phone No: 81320300. Gabbie ensures you have the correct fit and compression (you can claim it if you have Private Health Cover). Hope that is of help to you.
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