One of the most crucial considerations when buying hernia belts is its fabric. Most abdominal hernia belts are made of nylon, a fabric that is lightweight, sturdy, and versatile. Nylon, a synthetic fabric, is not as breathable as cotton, so it can get hot and sticky come summer. But this fabric easily wicks moisture and dries quickly, that’s why it is often used by activewear manufacturers. This fabric is also resistant to abrasion and pilling.
Another fabric used to make abdominal hernia belts is cotton. Unlike nylon, cotton is a natural fabric. It is sturdy, yet soft on the skin and easy to care for. The beauty of cotton is its breathability. If you live in an area where it’s always hot and humid, then cotton hernia belts are a great choice. Keep in mind, though, that cotton hernia belts do not wick away moisture very well.
Both nylon and cotton hernia belts are blended with latex and other stretchy fibers to produce an elastic fabric.
Most abdominal hernia belts come with silicone compression pads. These pads have a small bump in the middle, and it is applied directly to the hernia to provide support to the protruding tissue and relieve any discomfort or pain. When choosing an abdominal hernia belt, make sure that it is comfortable and that it comes with a removable cloth cover that you can wash when it gets sweaty or dirty.
A hernia belt is only as good as the comfort it offers. If you’re buying a hernia belt online, it’s a good practice to measure your waist and chest first so you can be sure that you’ll get the right size. Always check the size chart that can be found on the product description or the manufacturer’s website. To be safe, go for a hernia belt that is one size larger but still can be adjusted to fit comfortably around your waist. Further, make sure that it doesn’t roll down or bunch together when you move.
Most hernia belts come with hook-and-loop closure (commercially known as Velcro), while some still have that classic hook-and-eye-fastener. If you don’t mind a little discomfort but want to make sure that your binder stays in place, then check out hernia support belts with old-fashioned hook-and-eye closure. Umbilical hernia belts with hook-and-loop closure, on the other hand, are easier to adjust and more comfortable than ones with hook-and-eye fastener.
What is a hernia?
Many people ask, “What is a hernia?” Hernia is a Latin term that translates as “protrusion of contents of a bodily cavity through the lining of that cavity.” The abdomen is a cavity with various weak spots where a hernia might form. A hiatal hernia, for example, occurs when the stomach pushes into the chest cavity.
Is using a hernia belt safe?
The purpose of a hernia belt is to keep the contents of your hernia inside the abdominal wall. This is performed by applying pressure to the hernia defect, similar to what you can do with your hand when the hernia becomes uncomfortable. Many people have successfully used hernia belts as a bridge to hernia surgery. When a hernia is first discovered, some patients may have travel or business arrangements. When utilized under the supervision of a physician, the hernia belt can help to reduce symptoms and the need for emergency surgery.
What are the benefits of hernia support?
Suitable hernia support is essential for keeping your hernia safe both before & after surgery. It will apply mild compression to the area to relieve discomfort and, more significantly, to prevent more hernias from forming or the existing hernia from developing or worsening.
What is the difference between belts, trusses, binders, and corsets?
When it comes to hernia supports, the vocabulary appears to be limitless. They all have slightly varied meanings, but the good news is that you don’t have to worry about which term is which. Binders and corsets are abdominal supports, trusses are groin supports, and belts are both, although they are sometimes used interchangeably, and you should always check the image and product description to find out what kind of support they offer.
What to consider before buying?
When selecting suitable support, there are numerous aspects to consider:
Which type of hernia do you have? – Different hernias necessitate different sorts of support
What is the location of your hernia? – Again, depending on where your hernia is located, you will require different support.
Are you an ostomate? – There are likely particular supports for your hernia and stoma if you have had a colostomy, urostomy, or ileostomy.
What will your activity be? – More strenuous activities will necessitate more assistance to be done safely.