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Title: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 18, 2008, 12:51:34 AM
Hello

I am just under 3 weeks post op, and am planning to post pics once my compression garment is off.

My question tho, how do I know when its time? I cant consult my doc as I travelled to see him, and am now back home. He just told me to take it off "when I feel the time is right", ie when I feel its not making a difference anymore.

I still wear it all the time, except for showering and sometimes take it off for a breather 10 minutes a day

How did others here know when it was time?

Thanks
Baron
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: jackson318 on May 18, 2008, 01:16:00 AM
Just from averages around here, I would say to keep it on six weeks, then see.  You'll know if it's time - if it's not time, it'll start to swell some and/or it'll get sore  I know I tried to down-grade to a lesser-compression garment (which was more confortable) after about two weeks, but my chest started aching bad.  Putting the higher compression back on helped the pain.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 18, 2008, 01:19:36 AM
Thanks

I know what you mean, a few nights ago the garment came loose at night when I was sleeping. Next morning it seemed more swollen.

Its extremely uncomfortable in this heat, but its worth it.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: Twin Peaks on May 18, 2008, 01:47:07 AM
Most docs seem to recommend that you wear the garment 24/7 for the first 4 weeks and then just at night for another 2-4 weeks or so. 
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 18, 2008, 03:05:08 AM
Well I am just under 3 weeks, so guess another week with this thing on wont kill me.

It just doesnt breathe, and itches so much when its hot. Cant wait till I can take it off.

Does the swelling have to be completely gone before I can take it off, or is it normal for there still to be swelling when its time for it to come off?
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: jackson318 on May 19, 2008, 12:57:27 AM
I'm pretty sure residual swelling is normal.  I had lipo on my sides too and the swelling there is finally going away (at about eight or nine weeks now) - I could still feel the hard swollen tissue in there.  The compression garment just sort of keeps the swelling in check, and from getting to big and painful.  After a few weeks tho, its going to do what it's going to do, you know?  Time will take care of the rest.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: Copespo on May 19, 2008, 01:28:05 AM
man when I get my surgery Im gonna wear that thing 24/7 for a month...not gonna take a shower... lol only clean myself with wet towel....yes I know its sick but I want it to go perfectly as its suppose to..
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 19, 2008, 02:14:54 AM
  I had lipo on my sides too and the swelling there is finally going away (at about eight or nine weeks now) - I could still feel the hard swollen tissue in there. 

Yep exactly what I have, can feel hard swollen tissue on the sides, and still some swelling on the front. Pics to follow when I am more healed.

FYI its arouud 91 fahrenheit here, or around 33 celsius, with a relative humidity of around 80%, I am so hot
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: The_G0rn on May 19, 2008, 07:08:29 AM
Your doctor should give you a recommended length of time to wear it.  Personally, I wore mine for a month.  Couldnt wait to get rid of the crappy thing.  Had a little swelling in week 5 but since that the swelling seems to have gone...just a sore, tender feeling under each nipple now.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 19, 2008, 07:28:09 AM
Your doctor should give you a recommended length of time to wear it. 

When I asked my doc, he said, 2-4 weeks, or when YOU feel its time to take it off. At the time, I didnt think to ask what exactly he meant by that.

At least now I have a clearer picture  :)
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: GynO_DuDe on May 19, 2008, 08:14:14 AM
It promotes healing so wearing it while you sleep would be advised I suppose since thats when your body repairs itself.

BUT, ive also found out that these compression garments are worn as an alternative to surgery even ... As they give you a much better 'look' once worn. So it can also be a confidence thing. Wear it when and if you want too ...
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: George Pope, M.D. on May 19, 2008, 10:38:41 AM
I instruct my patients to wear the compression vest day and night for only two weeks.  They can go longer if they prefer, and many do. 

I've actually had this surgery myself (3 years ago) and after two weeks I was on a long plane flight and my vest was driving me crazy (10 or 12 days out) so I actually took it off while in my seat on the plane. 

They say doctors make the worst patients; I guess I proved that.  :(

Anyway, the longer you wear the compression garments, the better.  But I know how miserable they can be so I don't force the issue.

Dr. Pope, M.D.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: rashdudes on May 19, 2008, 05:21:27 PM
My doc has asked me to wear it for 6 weeks straight; and to only remove it while bathing.
I am 3 days post-op and 3 more days to go before my drains are removed. I guess the drains
are the worst part of the healing process. Especially when it hit a 100 degrees on the day of my
surgery  :'(
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: dusty87 on May 19, 2008, 05:45:04 PM
My PS said to wear it full time for 3 weeks then I can take it off.  He also said that If I wanted to I could do a stage two type thing and get some Under Armour a size or two too small and wear that for a week or two....he said to wear the wrap if once I start working out again the swelling goes up...throw it on for a bit.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 19, 2008, 07:02:55 PM
Gosh I can just imagine how that felt on the flight Dr. Pope.

I am complaining, but from what you guys/girls are saying, its staying on for now.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on May 20, 2008, 02:16:31 PM
[quote author=Dr. Pope link=topic=14155.msg98907#msg98907 date=1211207921]
I instruct my patients to wear the compression vest day and night for only two weeks.
[/quote]

I agree with Dr. Pope...  Unless you are a difficult healer, then 2 weeks should suffice.

Think about it... when you get a laceration, would you wear a bandage for over two weeks? Not likely... ;)   You'd wear a bandage for a few days. In which time, the wound has had time to close up. The main purpose of the compression garment is to hold the disturbed flesh together as it heals. IMO, 2 weeks is more than enough time for that 'disturbed' flesh to be semi-healed as in the 'laceration' analogy. Anything more than that (IMO), is over-kill!!!

GB
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: Noseguard on May 20, 2008, 03:21:33 PM
OK Ill weigh in too.

I am five weeks post op and am back to wearing my garments (binder or vest) about 20hrs/day.

I wear a secondary garment for the gym in the morning and I usually take off my vest a couple hours before bed.  Then i wear the binder all night.

I took off my stuff after 3 weeks as my doc had said, but it hurt after a couple hours, swelling was exaggerated, and it looked worse.

There really isn't a one size fits all answer to this question.  I tend to think because of my age and severity of my G initially I have to go a little longer.

I wish I could have shed it comfortably after 3 weeks, but just not possible.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on May 20, 2008, 03:31:30 PM
Yeah, you're right there dude....   'Individual results may vary'....
 
GB
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 20, 2008, 04:35:42 PM
I have read 24-7 for first two weeks many many times
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: jtd993 on May 20, 2008, 05:21:59 PM
I wore my vest for 4 weeks and switched to Athletic Works shirts from Wal-Mart.  Just like UnderArmour but only $10 and I wear Mediums instead of a Large which I'd normally wear.  Very comfortable and supportive too.

Until I was 4 weeks post-op it didn't feel good to have the vest off. 
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: ddrop on May 21, 2008, 06:46:59 AM
[quote author=Dr. Pope link=topic=14155.msg98907#msg98907 date=1211207921]
I instruct my patients to wear the compression vest day and night for only two weeks.  They can go longer if they prefer, and many do. 

I've actually had this surgery myself (3 years ago) and after two weeks I was on a long plane flight and my vest was driving me crazy (10 or 12 days out) so I actually took it off while in my seat on the plane. 

They say doctors make the worst patients; I guess I proved that.  :(

Anyway, the longer you wear the compression garments, the better.  But I know how miserable they can be so I don't force the issue.

Dr. Pope, M.D.
[/quote]

I'm curious doc, does the lenght that you wear your garment after the initial two weeks affect your final results or does it just reduce short-term swelling and discomfort?
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: mkit8971 on May 21, 2008, 08:14:39 AM
I was told by my PS that two weeks was enough.  The only time i was to wear it was during the periods where i could possibly develop more swelling (i.e. the gym).  I am now almost 6 weeks post-op and was cleared completely of the vest.  No more wearing it, period. 
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 21, 2008, 11:22:27 AM
Just want to say thanks again for all the input from people here.

Gonna try without vest this week (I am 3 weeks post op today), and will let you's know how it goes.

Then when garment is off, I shall post some pics in the pics section

Cheers
Baron
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 21, 2008, 12:22:18 PM
Just want to say thanks again for all the input from people here.

Gonna try without vest this week (I am 3 weeks post op today), and will let you's know how it goes.

Then when garment is off, I shall post some pics in the pics section

Cheers
Baron

good luck brother
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 21, 2008, 04:25:58 PM
I wore my vest for 4 weeks and switched to Athletic Works shirts from Wal-Mart.  Just like UnderArmour but only $10 and I wear Mediums instead of a Large which I'd normally wear.  Very comfortable and supportive too.

Until I was 4 weeks post-op it didn't feel good to have the vest off. 

Athletic works from Wal-Mart huh. Thats much cheaper than the UnderArmor. I will have to check it out. Thanks!
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 21, 2008, 04:29:02 PM
http://reviews.walmart.com/1336/7999703/reviews.htm
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: monterojl on May 21, 2008, 06:21:38 PM
Just want to say thanks again for all the input from people here.

Gonna try without vest this week (I am 3 weeks post op today), and will let you's know how it goes.

Then when garment is off, I shall post some pics in the pics section

Cheers
Baron

Isnt the Garmet and the Vest, the same thing?
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 21, 2008, 07:36:50 PM
Just want to say thanks again for all the input from people here.

Gonna try without vest this week (I am 3 weeks post op today), and will let you's know how it goes.

Then when garment is off, I shall post some pics in the pics section

Cheers
Baron
yes some call it vest some garment (at least from what I read)

Isnt the Garmet and the Vest, the same thing?
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: baron on May 21, 2008, 07:58:41 PM
Isnt the Garmet and the Vest, the same thing?

Yep. Sorry if I'm confusing things. I mean the garment, which I have been wearing 24/7 since the op  :)
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: George Pope, M.D. on May 21, 2008, 08:26:46 PM
Note to Ddrop:

It reduces swelling and discomfort for the most part.  But it can also stabilize loose skin during the early healing phase.  Excessive swelling early on could stretch skin even more, and that could affect longterm results. 

Dr. Pope, M.D.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: mkit8971 on May 21, 2008, 09:19:08 PM
[quote author=Dr. Pope link=topic=14155.msg99274#msg99274 date=1211416006]
Note to Ddrop:

It reduces swelling and discomfort for the most part.  But it can also stabilize loose skin during the early healing phase.  Excessive swelling early on could stretch skin even more, and that could affect longterm results. 

Dr. Pope, M.D.
[/quote]

So even without the garment the body will still be able to pull that skin back to an extent?
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: George Pope, M.D. on May 21, 2008, 09:24:56 PM
Yes, to an extent.  Women don't wear compression garments on their bellies after delivery (well, maybe some do) and their skin contracts pretty well.
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: mkit8971 on May 21, 2008, 10:11:03 PM
[quote author=Dr. Pope link=topic=14155.msg99284#msg99284 date=1211419496]
Yes, to an extent.  Women don't wear compression garments on their bellies after delivery (well, maybe some do) and their skin contracts pretty well.
[/quote]

Will you be able to fill out the extra skin with muscle?  Or will it always be loose?
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 22, 2008, 12:44:48 PM
[quote author=Dr. Pope link=topic=14155.msg99274#msg99274 date=1211416006]
Note to Ddrop:

It reduces swelling and discomfort for the most part.  But it can also stabilize loose skin during the early healing phase.  Excessive swelling early on could stretch skin even more, and that could affect longterm results. 

Dr. Pope, M.D.
[/quote]

Thanks
Title: Re: How Do You When Its Time To Take off Your Garment?
Post by: MSJ108 on May 22, 2008, 12:45:52 PM
[quote author=Dr. Pope link=topic=14155.msg99284#msg99284 date=1211419496]
Yes, to an extent.  Women don't wear compression garments on their bellies after delivery (well, maybe some do) and their skin contracts pretty well.

Will you be able to fill out the extra skin with muscle?  Or will it always be loose?
[/quote]

skin should contour to body. Older people may have problems but young healthy people for the most part should not.