Now 5 days post op with the binder off and on, my tummy looks very rounded. Why do I still look pregnant?
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5 Days Post-Op with Binder On and Off
Most patients will be placed in an abdominal binder, which they will wear the first week. There is usually a fair amount of swelling and the binder should be opened several times a day so that there are no pressure points. After the first 7 to 10 days the patient is placed in an elastic garment for compression over the next six weeks. You can return to full activity without restrictions at 6 weeks.
Swelling can persist for several months and will gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even one year. Frequently the pubic area acan become very swollen and discolored during the first two weeks due to gravity as this is the lowest area for swelling to accumulate.
You are still early in the healing process, but if you find yourself concerned or worried about healing it would be good to visit your surgeon for an examination to ensure that healing is progressing well. Best Wishes.
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