Coughing, breathing deeply and using the abdominal muscles after bariatric surgery is painful, but imperative for recovery.
The Tummy Teddy and Koff Kushion post-operative splints have been designed to ease this pain by providing firm, even, and effective support to the abdominal area. The splints also promote the good will of the surgical institution and staff, and remind the patient of the caregivers’ commitment to the patient’s successful attainment of their goals. Providing support at the incision area is important to minimize pain, reduce post-operative respiratory complications, and encourage prompt recovery.
According to Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies (Kurian, Thompson, Davis; Wiley Publishing, Inc.; 2005), getting the right pillow is important: “Clutch your pillow to your abdomen and hold it firmly against your stomach. This will give support for your abdomen and will help with the pain. Specially designed pillows are available just for this purpose. Some are shaped like teddy bears but have a hard back for added support.
They combine the psychological comfort of a bear and the therapeutic support of a pillow. They’re also great to hold when you cough. Remember: You have to get that air moving and open up all the air pockets in your lungs.”
In addition to providing valuable therapeutic aid, the Tummy Teddy and Koff Kushion post-operative splints help patients heal emotionally after the traumatic experience of surgery. Also, the anatomical diagrams silk-screened on the Tummy Teddy shirt and the Koff Kushion serve as an important educational tools. Additional and/or customized anatomical designs are available upon request.