Overview of Abdominal Binders
Abdominal binders are a unique piece of supportive medical equipment, usually prescribed by a doctor for post-abdominal surgery healing. However, while abdominal binders offer support to the same area no matter what ailment it is being used for, the abdominal binder is quite versatile in its uses.
Most often, abdominal binders are prescribed for post-surgical support of the abdomen. The binder helps to compensate for overall weakness in the abdominal area and also helps relieve strain, and tension of lower-back muscles. The abdominal binder also provides increased blood circulation and oxygen to surgical sites, and it is suggested that a binder also increases speed of healing and reduces swelling of the site.
Abdominal binders can also be used for pre-surgery needs. For instance, a patient may be required to wear an abdominal binder before having a hernia surgically repaired. The reasoning behind this is that the compression from the binder helps to keep the hernia in place and reduce risk of additional tearing.
Abdominal binders are made out of a comfortable, elastic-enriched material and are available in a variety of sizes to meet an individual’s specific needs. Also, binders usually include an adjustment tool, which come in the form of clasps, Velcro, or belts. Abdominal binders are easy-to-adjust, allowing the user to find the perfect fit and level of comfort.
There are a number of other reasons patients may wear an abdominal binder. Cosmetic enhancements of the abdomen, including liposuction require compression to properly heal skin to muscle. Abdominal binders provide the necessary compression and aid in post-surgical healing, and pain relief. Patients with lower back problems including strains or chronic pain can also find relief through an abdominal binder.
Many women use one for added support after natural childbirth and also for the healing of a Cesarean section. In regards to pregnancy, many abdominal binders are designed smaller in width to fit snuggly around the hips, under the belly. When used like this, the abdominal binder provides support to the growing pregnant belly, while relieving tension off of a stressed back. Additional uses may include pelvic cramping, bladder problems, or Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Some undergarments are designed to provide the similar compression properties as an abdominal binder, though they are not designed for medical use. Abdominal binders can tend to make clothing and make the body look bulky and awkward. Undergarments including girdles and body suits can offer moderate compression and give a smooth sleek body look, making them a better choice for a user that is further into the healing process. No compression garment should ever be adjusted so tight that it inhibits proper breathing.
Mountainside Medical Equipment carries several abdominal binders in a number of sizes, making it simple and easy to find the right one for your needs. Get an abdominal binder and any of our other great products for a fantastic price by placing an order online, through our website. Orders can also be placed by calling 1-888-687-4334 and speaking with one of our friendly Medical Supply Specialists.