A guide to wearing a belly band

A guide to wearing a belly band

Whether you know them as belly bands, girdles, belly belts or compression bandages, these medically-backed garments are recommended by healthcare professionals worldwide, and for good reason. 

This simple, high performance piece of material is vital to the way you feel before your abdominal surgery, and how quickly you recover and get back to your daily life post-operation. The use of compression garments post-abdominal surgery has been shown to significantly reduce physical pain and psychological stress, improve mobility and prevent abdominal wall tear.1

The belly band is specifically designed to assist with a range of issues, including:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sacroiliac Pelvic Pain (Spd)
  • Abdominal Muscle Separation (Diastasis)
  • Severe Stretch Marks
  • Twins or Multiple Pregnancies 
  • Post-partum Binding
  • Umbilical Pregnancy Hernia 
  • Exercise and Core support.

Heal Better compression girdles have been designed using a combination of medical evidence and anecdotal real-life experiences. The gentle compression facilitates correct posture and doesn’t allow for over-extension, ultimately reducing discomfort from movement during daily physical activities.

Sounds good, right? But how do you wear it?

A belly band is really easy to use; it safely fits around the abdominal area to ease pain and discomfort before and after any kind of abdominal surgery including hernias, endometriosis, hysterectomies, C-sections, appendectomies, cholecystectomies and related procedures.

The hand cut elastic fabric the belly band inside the Heal Better Kit offers separate straps for a fully adjustable and slim fit. Once attached securely, the strong Velcro helps the garment to stay in place, whilst applying the right amount of pressure for everyone’s individual needs.

The belly band can be worn directly on the skin and is comfortable enough to be slept in for that extra support at night.

  • Step 1: Place the band around your back where comfortable 
  • Step 2: Place flat edge towards your right hip 
  • Step 3: Secure the two straps towards your left hip 
  • Step 4: Pull the outer straps to apply desired compression.

For a visual tutorial, click here https://youtu.be/Qdxi2DbxjUI 

For best results, it's recommended to wear a belly band as soon possible, following advice from your healthcare professional in preparation for surgery, and during the post-operative recovery phase. 

Continue wearing the garment for at least 8-12 weeks, unless your healthcare professional advises you otherwise. 

If you have any specific questions, please contact the Heal Better team and/or seek healthcare professional advice before purchasing a belly band. If the garment causes any pain or discomfort, discontinue use and consult your healthcare professional.

Download the Heal Better App for a one-stop resource that will guide you through the healing process using medically-backed solutions and evidence-based products.


1. https://www.cureus.com/articles/22849-use-of-abdominalbinders-after-a-major-abdominal-surgerya-randomized-controlled-trial