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Protecting Your Incision

Undergoing a hysterectomy is a significant procedure, and proper post-operative care is crucial for a smooth and speedy recovery. One of the most important aspects of your recovery is taking good care of your incision site. Here are some essential tips to help you protect your incision and ensure it heals properly:

1. Keep It Clean and Dry

Your incision site must stay clean and dry to prevent infections. Follow these steps:

  • Gentle Cleaning: Use mild soap and water to gently clean the area. Avoid scrubbing, and pat the area dry with a clean towel.
  • Avoid Submersion: Do not submerge the incision in water, such as in a bathtub or swimming pool, until your doctor gives you the go-ahead.
  • Change Dressings: If your doctor has provided specific instructions about dressings, follow them carefully. Change dressings as recommended to keep the area clean.

2. Monitor for Signs of Infection

It’s vital to keep an eye on your incision for any signs of infection. Watch for:

  • Redness: Some redness around the incision is normal, but it shouldn’t spread or intensify.
  • Fever: A low-grade fever is common after surgery, but a high fever could indicate an infection.
  • Excessive Swelling: While some swelling is expected, excessive swelling or unusual discharge can be a warning sign.

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

3. Protect the Area

Protecting your incision from unnecessary strain or irritation is essential:

  • Loose Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t rub against your incision.
  • Avoid Heavy Lifting: Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities that can put pressure on your incision.
  • Proper Support: Use an abdominal binder if recommended by your doctor. These can provide support and reduce strain on your incision.

4. Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

Your doctor knows your specific situation best. Follow their post-operative care instructions closely, including:

  • Medications: Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Check-ups: Attend all follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress.

5. Listen to Your Body

Lastly, listen to your body. If something feels wrong or if you have concerns about your incision, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. It’s always better to be cautious and address any potential issues early on.

Proper incision care is a critical part of your post-hysterectomy recovery. By keeping the area clean and dry, monitoring for signs of infection, and following your doctor’s instructions, you can help ensure a smooth and complication-free healing process.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. Your health and recovery are our top priorities.

Be Kind to Yourself,

Bluebird Sisters(tm)

Question: How do I know what size?

One of the frequently asked questions we get is – What size binder do I need? How do I measure?

It’s actually pretty simple!

All measurements (and sizes) in the Hysterectomy Store are described in inches. Using a tape measure, measure around your abdomen, below your belly button and above your hips, specifically across your incision area and not your natural waist.

Abdominal Binder Sizes

  • 24″-30″ fits our “Small”
  • 30″-36″ fits our “Medium”
  • 36″-42″ fits our “Large”
  • 42″-48″ fits our “X-Large”
  • 48″-54″ fits our “2X-Large”

Pocket Binder Sizes

  • 31-36″ fits our Extra-Small/Small
  • 35″- 50″ fits our Medium/Large
  • 48″- 58″ fits our XL/2XL (add $4.00)

Can’t decide which size? Or are you on the border between two? Make sure to take swelling into account. But you should also know that the binders are capable of stretching as they are made from elastic (but no latex).

We do offer value pricing if you want to purchase two of the same size or different sizes.  However be aware of our return policy. We can not accept merchandise that is not in its original packaging.

Note: We do not accept returns on opened binders so we ask that you measure and order carefully.

Be kind to yourself,
Bluebird Sisters(tm)
Hysterectomy Store

Stuck “in between”

If you are struggling to get back into your pants, let us introduce you to Waist Bandit.

We know how frustrating it is to have a swollen, bloated belly, and none of your favorite pants or skirts will fit. Don’t go through the added frustration and expense of buying clothing to accommodate your swelly belly.

The Waistband Extender comes in a kit that includes everything you need to adjust the pants already in your closet. You have two options: buttons or hook extender.

Check out the Waist Bandit which extends your pants width easily and simply.

Be kind to yourself,
Bluebird Sisters(tm)