The Long and the Short of Abdominal Binders
Abdominal binders are essentially broad elastic bands that are tied around the abdomen and usually close in the front with Velcro.
There have been quite a few studies done on the effectiveness of abdominal binders on pain, post-operative mobility, wound healing and recovery. In general, a vast majority of patients claim that the use of an abdominal binder significantly decreased the amount of pain they experienced post-partum and post operatively, virtually all of the patients in those studies agreed that it assisted them dramatically with mobilization.
On the other hand, there has been no significant proof that abdominal binders assist with healing of an incision either after C-section or abdominal surgery. Further, many doctors are divided on the issue of whether abdominal binders are worth the effort or not. Most doctors, however, feel strong about this item and prescribe abdominal binders to all of their patients (that requires them of course) as a protocol.
Personally I found that the majority of patients who I fitted with abdominal binders are extremely happy with the outcome and I would definitely recommend the use of abdominal binders after abdominal surgery, childbirth (C-section and the old fashioned way) and to those who have had a hernia previously as a matter of preventing another.
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