• The rest of my question didn't show, so here it is: My surgery will be out of town and I don't want to pack too much or unnecessary things.

    Asked by magdem on Friday, December 28, 2012

    The rest of my question didn't show, so here it is: My surgery will be out of town and I don't want to pack too much or unnecessary things.

    The hospital stay is expected to be 8-10 days, then 1-2 weeks in a hotel room. What kind of clothes will I be able to wear ? The surgeon cannot tell me yet how long the incision will be, so are pants practical. Were you ladies able to wear a bra? Any advice you can give is much appreciated as my husband won't be able to 'just run home' and pick up what I need. Thanks so much in advance and have a wonderful New Year.

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    • fastdog's Avatar

      I had abdominal surgery, and the incision went from just under my breastbone all the way down. I had the surgery in June, and when I was discharged, it was very hot. I was told, wear to the hospital the clothes you will wear home, and I bought a couple of "tent" dresses at WalMart, which were perfect. I woke up from the surgery with an elastic band that hitched with velcro to protect the incision, and didn't even try to wear a bra. I would recommend anything that is very loose and comfortable and there are bras available that are very light and similar to sports bras. Best of luck to you and a great new year!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      My incision was from breast bone to pubic area. I wore very loose fitting knit pants, about a size or two bigger than normal. Underpants were oversized too. The waistband did not bind. You may want to skip the bra based on your type of surgery, or have a very soft one with lots of stretch. Tucking you in prayer.

      almost 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      In the hospital, I only wore the gown...or a double gown when I was up and walking the halls (one forward and one backward to keep me covered from all sides). For several weeks following my surgery, I wore very loose fitting tops (nothing with a waistband) and pants that were able to be rolled down below my incisions (i.e. sweatpants, stretch pants or even just a nightgown). The only reason I had to be somewhat presentable was because I had two teenaged boys at home. Otherwise, I probably would have stayed in nightgowns!

      almost 4 years ago
    • chargerdeb's Avatar

      I can tell you how my husbands surgery was. The incision was about 8 inches long, from just under his breast bone & down. Once we got home, 11 days after surgery, he was wearing men's PJ bottoms that were loose fitting, then to sweat pants. Not sure on the bra part, might want a sports bra that does hook, not over the head.

      almost 4 years ago

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