Know what an Abdominal Binder does? Hold Your Stomach!

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An abdominal binder, or surgical binder provides support and compression to the upper and lower abdomen weakened by strain or the postoperative phase of surgery. It is basically a compression belt that encircles your abdomen without restricting breathing or muscle redevelopment.

Benefits and Uses

It is available in a variety of sizes and widths, and its material can be cut to accommodate drainage tubes without unwrapping. The binder also helps improve blood circulation and oxygen levels at the surgical site. It also increases the healing process and allows the patient to have a speedy recovery. Some abdominal binders feature straps that hold surgical tubes in place, and others offer lumbar support for treatment of low back pain.

An abdominal binder is used commonly after:

  • Caesarean surgery (C-section)
  • an exploratory laparotomy (large incision into the abdomen to examine the inside)
  • a hysterectomy
  • a tummy tuck
  • spinal surgery
  • weight loss surgery

Additional benefits of using an abdominal binder include less post-operative pain, reduced swelling, decreased psychological distress following a procedure, improved deep breathing. Using an abdominal binder after a hysterectomy may help strengthen abdominal muscles and make physical activity more comfortable. Women may also traditionally use an abdominal binder (girdle) after vaginal childbirth to help shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size and lose weight. Some individuals wear an abdominal binder for core support during certain activities and heavy lifting.

Keeping It Clean

You should be able to breathe comfortably when wearing an abdominal binder that is the proper size for you. Depending on the type of surgery you have, it may be worn for several weeks or up to the full duration of your recovery. Your abdominal binder must also be kept clean and dry to reduce the risk of skin irritation and infection. Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. If you are allergic to latex, use a latex-free abdominal binder to prevent a serious allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.

Where to Buy

You can purchase abdominal binders at Carmichael’s Cashway Retail locations in Crowley, Lafayette and Lake Charles. It is important to choose the right size when purchasing an abdominal binder; our highly trained staff can assist you with your options. Your medical insurance may cover the cost of an abdominal binder if it is prescribed by your doctor. Just ask one of our billing specialists to check your coverage.

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