Ventralherniotomi is a common procedure and seroma formation a common complication. Some hospitals recommend post-operative use of abdominal binders to prevent seroma.

In this study an extensive literature review showed no evidence concerning the effect of post-operative use of abdominal binders. A pilot study of patient experience was then conducted by interviewing three patients, who wore the abdominal binder for up to 14 days postoperatively while filling out logbooks. The study showed that some patients experience less pain, are more active and feel safer when wearing a binder postoperatively. However, some also experienced discomfort and could not wear it as much as recommended.

Conclusively, there is no evidence for using abdominal binders postoperatively on a regular basis, but some patients may experience less pain, feel safer and have a higher activity level, when wearing it.