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Is It Safe To Wear A Waist Trainer After Gall Bladder Surgery?

It is not uncommon for hospitals to suggest compression garments to patients who undergo Gallbladder surgery. Therefore, to wear a waist trainer as an alternate compression garment doesn’t seem like the worst idea.

But does that justify it as a good idea? Is it genuinely safe to wear a waist trainer after a gall bladder operation?

The answer is a clear ‘no.’

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF WEARING A WAIST TRAINER AFTER SURGERY?

It is not recommended to wear a waist trainer post-operation because of the dangers that come with its usage.

Increases the risk of poor pulmonary function

The tight compression caused by the trainer can restrict and hinder the respiratory system, and such disturbance after surgery can degrade the pulmonary function of the body.

Deep vein thrombosis

The internal pressure forced to the abdomen can cause problems to places apart from the stomach. For instance, the constant pressure on the veins can cause deep vein thrombosis on the leg.

Gastric reflux

After the operation, it is common for the person to feel bloated. However, the use of a waist trainer will only increase the pain. 

The pressure of the trainer will force the stomach acid into the esophagus.

Affects digestion

With the removal of the gall bladder, the digestive function will alter in the body. During this change, waist trainers are best avoided. They force pressure on the abdomen where the intestines and stomach are present. And they further increase the risk of blocking the digestive tract. 

Discomfort

During post-operation care, your body will be uneasy with a certain amount of constant pain. Hence, you must try to keep your body as comfortable as possible during this period. And wearing a waist trainer is not going to help.

IS THERE A SAFER ALTERNATIVE?

Yes, there is.

Instead of waist trainers, abdominal binders (which the hospital will provide) are the best choice. They are a type of compression garment specifically designed for the abdomen.

They are flexible, comfortable and effective. And unlike waist trainers, they do not have a rigid steel or plastic boning. 

After gallbladder surgery, most people suffer from common complications like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. In such situations, the binder controls the bloating and relieves the pain.

Furthermore, they contain the swelling of the abdomen, which is caused by the accumulation of fluid after surgical procedures.

Since the gallbladder is removed, diet changes are made. Here, the compression garment can prevent you from consuming fatty foods. And it can encourage you to eat in smaller portions. This change in diet helps to improve digestion and reduce gas formation. 

According to a 2019 study posted on the NCBI website, the researchers saw a significant decrease in the post-surgical pain experienced by patients who used abdominal binders. The result of the study proved the efficiency of the binder in relieving pain and enhancing mobility.

WHEN CAN I WEAR A WAIST TRAINER?

It is not advisable to wear a waist trainer after gallbladder surgery.

However, if necessary, you can start wearing one only after you are entirely healed from the operation. According to the NHS – depending on the type of removal procedure, it will take a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of eight weeks for complete recovery. Hence, you can start wearing the trainer after this period.

However, do not take measures on your own without proper consultation with your surgeon. This step is vital because your doctor will point out the risks with your condition in mind.Avoid wearing the trainer throughout the day. And make sure you remove it before going to bed since there are more risks  associated with wearing the trainer to sleep.

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