Frequently Asked Questions on Abdominal Binder


What is an abdominal binder?

Abdominal binders are wide compression belts that encircle the abdomen. These belts come in many sizes and widths. An abdominal binder may be prescribed to speed-up the recovery process after abdominal operations. It relieves pain and provide support to the affected area.

When is an abdominal binder prescribed?

An abdominal binder may be recommended after:

  • a caesarean section
  • bariatric surgery •an exploratory laparotomy
  • a hysterectomy
  • a tummy tuck
  • spinal surgery
How is an abdominal binder helpful in spinal cord injury?

A properly fitted, carefully-positioned abdominal binder may be used in people with spinal cord injury to help:

  • support the abdomen
  • maintain abdominal pressure
  • improve respiratory function
How does an abdominal binder help after hysterectomy?

An abdominal binder may be used after a hysterectomy as it:

  • holds your abdominal muscles together to relieve pain
  • increases circulation at your surgical site to promote healing and decrease swelling
  • makes physical activity more comfortable
  • strengthens abdominal muscles 
Is wearing an abdominal binder after pregnancy helpful?
  • Binding your abdomen reminds your abdominal muscles how to behave. The compression helps the abdominal muscles to snap back from being stretched to accommodate the baby.
  • Wearing a compression garment helps to heal the incision faster because compression will increase blood flow to that area and help reduce the swelling around the incision.