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Surgical girdles are recommended for patients recovering from all kinds of surgeries. If you are going to have, or recently had, liposuction of the buttocks, abdomen, flanks, hips, or thighs, a surgical girdle may be very helpful during the healing stage. Thigh Lift, Liposculpture, and Lipoplasty medical professionals agree that wearing a compression garment after surgery can greatly improve healing time and the results of the surgical procedure. However, there are many types and styles of surgical girdle to consider, and it is important that you choose the right one for your particular case and surgery.
Different Styles of Surgical Girdle
Depending on the extent of your procedure, there are different lengths of surgical girdle which will work best to help you. In general, surgical girdles are similar to leggings or spandex shorts, with a considerable difference in the way they fit and feel. Surgical girdles can go all the way down to your ankles, or they can be short, only extending down to the tops of the knees or lower thighs. There are also lengths in between, like mid-calf girdles. On the other end, the majority of girdles have a tall top, extending up over the stomach, flanks, and even as high as just below the breasts.
The longest surgical girdles are body garments with leggings down to the ankles and a full top that stops just below the breasts, with two straps that go up over the shoulders. If you are simply looking for a short girdle to compress your abdomen but not your legs, there are abdominal panty girdles that cover from the upper thigh to the ribs. Depending on your need, you may want to consider a girdle with a zipper, which ensures that you have a very snug fit. Or you can look for surgical girdles that have no zipper or closures. There are also open crotch surgical girdles as well.
Talking to Your Doctor About Surgical Girdles
If you are having a very specific procedure done, you may find it easy to choose a surgical girdle. For abdominal surgeries, like tummy tucks, abdominal liposuction, or hysterectomy, a girdle must simply cover the abdomen to be effective. Some people prefer a girdle that is also like shorts, because they find it more comfortable. If you know you’ll want full support, you can go for much more extensive coverage. Your flexibility and strength after surgery should also be taken into account, because a slip on girdle may be more difficult to get on and off than a zippered surgical girdle.
And if you’re really uncertain about which girdle to choose, talk to your doctor about the right style of surgical girdle for your procedure. Your doctor may encourage you to get a girdle that works for other patients who have had the same type of surgery or procedure. They may also say that you don’t necessarily have to wear a girdle if you don’t want to. However, most doctors understand that wearing a surgical girdle after an operation can make their patients feel more comfortable, confident, and secure.
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