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The ABC’s of Wearing an Abdominal Binder

How to Wear an Abdominal Binder

What is the correct way to wear an abdominal binder after breast reconstruction surgery? 

After any surgery involving your abdominal area, such as DIEP flap breast reconstruction or fat grafting, you will need to wear an abdominal binder. The garment can look very overwhelming at first glance, but rest assured you can manage it!

The binder should be worn with the tag facing away from your body and the u-curve resting right above your buttocks. The wrap belts are coded with letters (A, B, C) to ensure proper match ups. The easiest way to remember where the wraps should be lined up and in which order they go is using the letters!

A=Abdomen (the middle wrap belt will go first, is marked with an “A,” and will lay over your mid-lower abdomen)

B=Below the abdomen (the wrap belt labeled with a “B” will follow and should connect just below your abdomen)

C-Chest (the last wrap belt to connect is marked with a “C” and will rest just below your chest)

For a more detailed demonstration of how to properly wear an abdominal binder after breast reconstruction surgery check out this instructional video featuring PRMA nurse Denise and patient Terri!

 

Author: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo and Courtney Floyd

After any surgery involving your abdominal area, such as DIEP flap breast reconstruction or fat grafting, you will need to wear an abdominal binder. The garment can look very overwhelming at first glance, but rest assured you can manage it!

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6 Comment

  1. Jem

    where can we buy that abdominal binder? thanks

    1. PRMA Plastic Surgery

      Great question Jem! These abdominal binders can be purchased at our office.

  2. Melissa Martinez

    I live in Kansas. Do you have the option of purchasing and shipping these binders? I have looked online at various binders, and this is the one I need. If not, can you please tell me what company makes or sells the binders so I can look up online.

    Thank you for your time,

    Melissa Martinez

    1. PRMA Plastic Surgery

      Thanks for reaching out Melissa! We do not sell the binders, but you can purchase them on your own. The binder shown here is the three panel binder from Frank Stubbs.

  3. Patty Rizzatto

    I experienced significant reflux with severe chronic cough while wearing the binder. I tried wearing it a bit looser which helped at night and while standing. But I continued to be very uncomfortable anytime I sat for more that a few minutes. I even ate while standing. Also tried smaller, more frequent meals. I have a history of reflux and take Prilosec daily, but the binder did me in. As my stage 2 surgery approaches, what are my options?

    1. PRMA Plastic Surgery

      We are so sorry you had that experience Patty and recommend discussing these issues with your surgeon to see if there are alternative options for you.

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