Combating Swelling & Post-Surgical Discomfort with the Thermoskin Abdominal BinderAbdominal surgeries are amongst some of the most common medical procedures, particularly for
women. Whether you need to have your appendix removed, are scheduling a c-section, or want to avoid future pregnancies, you will have to undergo abdominal surgery. While this may seem daunting as your abdomen is one of the largest and most precarious areas of your body, there are a variety of steps you can take to ensure the process from pre-surgery to recovery goes off without a hitch. So you have your surgery scheduled for next month, next week or you are in the recovery stage even today, what now? Let’s discuss some common side effects of abdominal surgery, along with some products and processes to aid you in recovery.
What Are Some Common Abdominal Surgeries?
- Abdominal surgeries are actually incredibly common, given that your abdomen is the most organ-dense part of your body. But the most common surgeries are the following:
- Appendectomy: removal of the appendix.
- Myomectomy: removal of uterine fibroids without the removal of the uterus to maintain fertility. Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus to avoid pregnancy.
- Caesarean Section: also known as a C-Section, the use of surgery to deliver babies.
- Any other type of surgery related to stomach or digestion issues such as a tummy tuck or a laparoscopic surgery.
What Side Effects Can I Expect?
The most common side effects immediately after surgery will be nausea and possibly vomiting due to the anesthesia. But once this subsides, you are likely to experience a low yet uncomfortable level of pain. The easiest way to subside this pain is to apply compression to your abdomen. Other side effects can also include swelling and soreness, which can also subside through compression.
What Can I Use to Alleviate Pain?
Thermoskin Abdominal Binder applies a comfortable amount of compression to alleviate a variety of common side effects post-surgery such as swelling, soreness, pain and stomach discomfort. Its continuous design eliminates seams and provides an even distribution of compression, which increases the crucially needed level of comfort post-surgery. The abdominal binder even includes adjustable fasteners that allow you to easily determine which level of compression is most comfortable for your body. The design and build of the abdominal binder allows it to contour to your body for a more relaxed and comfortable fit that doesn't inhibit your natural range of movement. Its breathable knit lets you wear this product for extended periods of time while a stabilizing level of support combined with a low level of warmth helps reduce swelling. Furthermore, because your back will require additional support during this period of abdominal weakness, the abdominal binder assists the lower back area while applied.
What Else Can I do for a Healthy Recovery?
Recovering after your surgery is a process that requires the right care and above all, patience. It’s best to not expect a speedy recovery so that you can give your body enough time to regain its strength. Here are some things you can do to nourish your body and avoid further complications in your abdomen area:
- Follow directions to a T: Avoid baths and swimming, do not lift heavy items, clean your incision and go to your follow up appointments if your physician instructs you to do so.
- Fuel up: A huge part of your recovery for any kind of procedure or even just daily physical activity is making sure you are getting enough food and water. But it is especially important that you nourish your body after surgery. Make sure you are eating easy to digest foods and getting enough fiber above all since your body is prone to constipation during the recovery period.
- Care for the incision: It’s not only important to keep an eye on your incision, it is also paramount that you exercise proper hygiene. Just make sure to take a look at your incision every day after your surgery and know that it is normal to see some scabbing around the incision as it heals. As far as hygiene is concerned, don’t apply rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide unless your physician instructs you to do so. Just soap and water will do and make sure to wash your hands before you touch your incision!
- Watch Your Coughing: This may sound silly but this is especially important for abdominal surgeries. When you cough, it’s important to brace your incision by applying pressure to it. The Thermoskin abdominal binder helps with this but it wouldn’t hurt to simply brace your incision when you cough. It is normal for you to cough more than usual after surgery so you want to be very careful with your incision.
Having the right tools at your disposal is the first and most critical step in any kind of recovery. Now that you know what the abdominal binder is for and how you can use it, talk to your doctor about whether this could be an option for you while in post-surgery recovery.