The ABC’s of Wearing an Abdominal Binder
By: Courtney Floyd
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!