How Long To Wear Abdominal Binder After Hernia Repair

How tight should Binder be after hernia surgery?

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When should hernia bandage be removed?

Any clear plastic bandage covering an incision (wound or surgical scar) can be removed 48 hours after surgery. Remove the gauze under the bandage as well. There are small paper tapes covering the incision under the gauze. The incisions, under the pieces of tape, have been closed with dissolvable stitches.

What is the purpose of a binder after hernia surgery?

Abdominal binders (also called trusses, girdle, ostomy belt, longuette or abdominal belt) (AB) are commonly used in abdominal and plastic surgery to prevent seroma formation and diminish pain and discomfort after operation.

Can I wear abdominal binder while sleeping?

It is recommended that you start wearing it during daytime hours immediately after the birth and for the first few weeks postpartum. It is not necessary or recommended to wear a postpartum belly wrap at night or anytime while you are sleeping.

What is the best position to sleep after hernia surgery?

The doctors do not recommend sleeping on the stomach after the surgery. This position can hurt your spine and can also pressurize the hip area. Try to control your sleeping habits if you are a stomach sleeper. It is best to sleep on your side or back.

When can I take off steri-strips after hernia surgery?

The steri strips (tape bandage) underneath should be left on. These will fall off on their own in about 2 weeks. If they do not fall off by the time of your post op phone call, please remove them yourself. Your incision will turn hard about 7-10 days after surgery.

What happens if you lift more than 10 pounds after hernia surgery?

Do NOT engage in strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks (or advised by your surgeon). Lifting too soon after hernia surgery can cause a hernia reoccurrence and other complications.

How long do you have to wear compression socks after hernia surgery?

You will need to continue to wear the graduated compression stockings on your legs that were applied prior to the operation for 5 days (day and night). You will be informed if the stitches in your wound are dissolvable or if you have stitches or skin clips that need to be removed.

How tight should an abdominal binder be?

Make sure the abdominal binder fits comfortably. It should be snug but not too tight. Adjust it as needed. Make sure it is even and that there are no wrinkles. Make sure that you can breathe normally and go the bathroom.

How long does it take for a hernia surgery to heal?

Open hernia surgery, in which a surgeon utilizes a long incision to push the bulging organ back into place, generally requires a minimum of three weeks to recover. If a laparoscopic hernia repair is performed, recovery is closer to one to two weeks.