An abdominal binder is usually worn around the abdominal area on top of the post-surgery bandages and underneath the clothes, unless instructed, according to Drugs.com. Depending on the type of abdominal surgery the patient underwent, the abdominal binder may be fastened from the bottom to the top or vice versa.
Also known as belly wraps, abdominal binders are made with an elastic material that, when worn around the abdominal area, are believed to provide a number of benefits. For post-operative use, abdominal binders help keep the bandages in place and are also believed to help reduce post-operative pain and speed up the healing process, according to Drugs.com.
The use of abdominal binders is popular among women after giving birth. Some believe that doing so will help women recover faster from a normal delivery or C-section, as stated by WebMD. The compression provided by the abdominal binder may also help provide abdominal support for better posture and self-confidence. Apart from post-partum use, abdominal binders may also be used after tummy tucks, ventral hernia repair and other forms of abdominal surgery, according to the National Center for Biotechnology.
Before putting on an abdominal binder, one must ensure that the abdominal binder is in the proper size. The binder should provide enough compression to provide abdominal support, but is still loose enough for the patient to move and breathe comfortably. It is best to first consult with a health care provider, before using abdominal binders, according to Drugs.com.