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Ready and Prepped set to help you prepare for hysterectomy or other abdominal surgery

Ready and Prepped Set

Are you ready for your upcoming surgery? Look no further! We have specific items that are super helpful to recover from your hysterectomy (tummy tuck, c-section or hernia repair).

This Ready and Prepped Set contains 5 items: the Perfect Pocket binder (with 2 cold/heat packs), a Silky Sac, Earplugs, a mini-phone fan and a copy of What 400,000 Women Know about Hysterectomy booklet.

For more details, read product descriptions on their individual pages:

Perfect Pocket Binder  (comes with 2 cold/heat packs) ***Make sure to use the chart below to order the correct binder size***
Silky Sac
Earplugs
Mini Phone Fan
What 400,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy Booklet

How to select the correct size for Perfect Pocket Abdominal Binder:

Measure yourself around the incision area (this will be between your belly button and your hips).
31-36″ fits our Extra-Small/Small
35″- 50″ fits our Medium/Large
48″- 58″ fits our XL/2XL (add $4.00)

Read more about the Ready and Prepped Set and order yours.

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Tummy pillow with a pocket comes with 2 cold/heat packs for added comfort

Pocket Tummy Pillow is Perfect

Bring this to the hospital with you and you will discover why this is one of our best-selling items for your surgery recovery.

Why a tummy pillow?

Use the tummy pocket pillow on day one of your surgery supporting your abdomen when you cough or sneeze.  You will place it between you and the seatbelt on your ride home from the hospital. In bed or lounging on the couch, you should use this pillow to support your tummy as you lay on your side. Adding the cold/heat pack to the pillow adds even more comfort to your tender belly.

We think you will love a beautiful tummy pillow as you recover from surgery.

The Tummy Pocket Pillow has a contrasting pocket and is made from a variety of beautiful color choices. And don’t forget, this tummy pocket pillow includes 2 Hot/Cold Packs.

Tummy Pocket Pillow FAQ

How important are pillows to hysterectomy recovery?

Pillows are an important aspect of your hysterectomy recovery. We recommend that you hold a small pillow (like our Pocket Pillow) over your incision as you cough or sneeze which provides support to your tender belly. Additionally, place a small pillow between your tender incision area and the seatbelt on any car ride to make a safer and more comfortable car ride. We suggest leaving a pillow in the car for this purpose. Prevent pets and small children from bumping your incisions as you lounge on the sofa at home.

Why does this pillow have a pocket?

The pocket on the Hysterectomy Pocket Pillow is to hold an ice pack or a heated pack for your comfort against your tender abdominal incision/s. Our Pocket Pillow comes with 2 cold/hot packs. We send you two so you have one to use while the other is in the freezer or being warmed in the microwave.

How do I wash my Pocket Pillow?

Remove inserted pillow from the cover. Wash the cover and the pillow separately in cold water, delicate cycle. Tumble dry low or hang to dry.

You are out of my favorite fabric. Will it be back in stock?

Our fabric choices change regularly based on current availability from our vendor. Once a fabric choice is out of stock, we may not see it again. Order your favorite when you see it – as we have no way of knowing how long it will remain in inventory!
Be kind to yourself,
Bluebird Sisters(tm)
Hysterectomy Store
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Woman holding post-op panty for her hysterectomy recovery

What do I need for my Swelly Belly after hysterectomy?

Question: I’ve had a hysterectomy and my belly is so tender and swollen. What can I do about my swelly belly?

It sounds like you are experiencing the “Swelly belly dilemma” as HysterSisters often call it. 

Swelly Belly

First, let’s understand your swollen belly. You should manage your tender incisions carefully following any kind of abdominal surgery, and follow your surgeon’s instructions.

Note: If your tummy becomes hot, red, or painful, please call your doctor. This is NOT normal and NOT part of the normal post-op swelling. Report any unusual symptoms, or anything that you’re not comfortable to your doctor immediately. Keep your incisions dry and covered according to your doctor’s instructions. 

One of the challenging aspects of having surgery like a hysterectomy is post-op swelling of the abdomen. It can occur in any type of abdominal procedure: open abdominal, laparoscopic, robotic hysterectomy, tummy tuck, hernia repair and even c-section. 

Trauma to your abdominal tissues, gasses used during surgery, and/or fluids collecting in the tissues cause your swollen tummy.

Amazingly, you may think keeping everything away from your tender belly is the answer.

Gentle compression is often the answer

Next, let’s understand the potential solution. Compression after a hysterectomy (laparoscopic or open abdominal surgery), myomectomy, appendectomy, hernias, tummy tuck is helpful to your recovery! Compression aides to reduce recovery time. 

Binders support your tummy and back, allowing you to move with less pain and greater mobility. Additionally, abdominal binders provide incision support, help prevent tearing, and make it easier to get out of bed, move and walk.

And, yes, a binder is great for both horizontal and vertical incisions, as well as for minimally invasive surgery.

Products for gentle compression

Finally, the good news is that there are products made just for your belly.

Perfect Pocket Binder has a pocket for an ice pack (2 cold/heat packs come with this binder) for the early days of recovery, providing ice pack to your tender belly.

Abdominal binder is another specifically shaped binder for women with a simple velcro closure to adjust sizing. These are worn under clothing and they have darts to shape the product to minimize the binder from moving or rolling as you sit, stand and move around.

Post-op Panty provides gentle compression and support as you are preparing to get on with your life and is worn as underwear, under your regular clothing.

Hopefully, your swelly belly will go away soon enough and you can ease back into your activities with the help of the gentle compression. Always consult your personal doctor for specific health needs you experience.

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

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