As you prepare for your hysterectomy, you are probably concerned about the recovery period after hysterectomy surgery. Minimally invasive hysterectomy will have you back to your old self much sooner than a traditional hysterectomy, and there are a few preparations you can make to ensure your recovery goes smoothly. Many women have found increased comfort and ability to move around when they wear an abdominal binder following hysterectomy surgery.
An abdominal binder works several ways to support your comfort and healing following hysterectomy. The pressure applied by the binder encourages blood circulation near your surgery site, enabling the blood to deliver lots of oxygen to help your tissues heal and reduce swelling. The binder also functions to hold together the muscles of your abdomen, making simple tasks like walking, sleeping and eating more comfortable. It’s important to walk following hysterectomy surgery to prevent complications like lung collapse, pneumonia, stomach blockage and deep vein thrombosis. Physical activity also reduces a woman’s risk for depression following a hysterectomy. Wearing the binder for an extended period of time (many women wear an abdominal binder for up to a month after hysterectomy) can help long-term strength of the abdominal muscles.
There are many types of abdominal binders available for purchase. So how do you know which abdominal binder is best for recovery after a hysterectomy? Much of your satisfaction from your abdominal binder will come down to personal preference, but it is advised to try on your binder before surgery to ensure you are happy with the size, shape and fabric of the binder. Following your hysterectomy, you may want to wear your binder for the majority of the day, so it’s important to get one that works for you and your unique body.
Before you purchase a binder, talk to your surgeon. He or she may have specific recommendations for your type of surgery. You can start with a basic binder like this one from HysterSisters. Women with sensitive skin may want to choose a hypoallergic or skin-friendly fabric like bamboo – check out this abdominal binder from Terramed.
Prepping for Your Hysterectomy
If you have more questions about how to prepare for your hysterectomy and recovery, our patient coordinators are here to answer all your questions. You can reach us at 844.593.6474 (MIRI) or fill out the form to the right to have us contact you.
Oetker-Black, S. L., Jones, S., Estok, P., Ryan, M., Gale, N., & Parker, C. (2003). Preoperative teaching and hysterectomy outcomes. AORN Journal, 77(6), 1215-1231.