How do I wear my post operative compression garment?
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How to Wear Your Post-Op Garments

After spending a good deal of money on surgical compression garments to wear after your surgery, the last thing you need is a hole in the fabric. The whole purpose of these garments is to provide firm, even compression to the surgical sites and surrounds.


 Francine Kearns

 Partner – 10 years of fitting garments


A hole in the fabric means all that compression is los​t and basically the garment is now useless.

Getting the most from your garment

Bodyment has spent years researching brands and stocks only the most well made and reputable brands. Should there be a fault with a garment, our manufacturers and distributors will always provide a replacement product or if preferred, a Credit. Usually, a warranty item is approved if any stitching on the garment has come undone, if any fasteners have broken, or if there is already a hole in the fabric before the garment has been worn. If you experience any of these issues, please contact Bodyment at your earliest convenience to flag that there may be a warranty issue. Usually, our manufacturers will be happy to view detailed photos of the problem area and can more often than not make a decision based on the photos only. Sometimes, they will require to see the product themselves before making a final decision. Bodyment will keep you informed on the progress of your warranty claim and will work with you to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Wearing surgical garments

Surgical compression fabric is usually made “open weave” for a couple of important reasons. Firstly, an open weave fabric is cooler and “breathes” keeping you more comfortable. Also, the open weave does not allow moisture to build up between your skin and the fabric. This reduces the risk of infection and also contributed=s to a more comfortable feeling for the patient. However, an “open weave” fabric can also be more vulnerable to tears and ladders caused by sharp nails and jewellery. Should a hole or ladder appear as a result of this, the item will not be covered under warranty.

By taking some extra care and time, and using some rubber or protective gloves, these stressful situations can usually be avoided. Here are some quick tips as to how to put on your compression garments.


BRAS and vests

Most of surgical post-op bras are front fastening. Pop your arms through, and pull the bra down at the back and around to the front. Do your hooks and eyes up starting from the bottom. If the bra has a zip, make sure the zip is well seated and fold the zip level down to avoid slipping. Always keep your post-op bras sitting low on your rib cage – not riding up onto your breasts. Mould the cup of the bra over your breast to  cover as much of the breast as possible.

bodysuits and girdles

Try to undo only one zip and hooks and eyes (if there are 2 on the sides). Step into the garment and bring it up firmly into your crotch, Make sure the garment is not twisted (the open crotch needs to be straight).Then start doing up one hook and eye at a time, then zips. The garment should be tight v- so you need to pull it together and hook. If there are shoulder straps, do them up quite firmly to keep the garment sitting up nice and high. Once on, shimmy the garment down to make it a smooth as possible.

Garments with no zips or hooks and eyes and socks and stockings: Be especially careful with these garments as they are obviously tight and more difficult to put on. We strongly recommend wearing gripped gloves to assist with getting a good grip without compromising the fabric. Bodyment has applicators that make putting on your socks and stockings so much easier and help protect the garment as well.

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