top of page
  • Writer's pictureadaptiveclothingau

Adaptive Clothing for Post Surgery Recovery

a doctor holding a sign that reads parkinson's disease

Recovering from surgery can be tough, but adaptive clothing is here to make it a whole lot easier, letting you dress without stress and focus on feeling better.

How Can Adaptive Clothing Help After Surgery?

Adaptive clothing is designed to accommodate the needs of individuals with various physical limitations or post-operative conditions.

Here’s how adaptive clothing can assist someone who has undergone surgery:

Ease of Dressing: Adaptive clothing often includes features like velcro closures, magnetic buttons, or snaps that make it easier to put on and take off garments without the need to pull clothes over the head or manipulate small buttons, which can be challenging post-surgery.

Reducing Pain and Discomfort: After surgery, movement can be painful, especially in the area around the surgical site. Adaptive clothing minimises the need to move affected limbs or twist the body, thus reducing pain and discomfort during dressing and undressing.

Accommodation for Medical Devices: Some adaptive clothes have special openings or access points for medical devices such as catheters, IV lines, or ostomy bags, which are often needed after certain types of surgery.

Wound Accessibility: Health professionals may need easy access to the surgical site to monitor healing, change dressings, or check for signs of infection. Adaptive clothing with accessible panels can make this process simpler and less intrusive for the patient.

Post-Operative Swelling: Surgeries often result in swelling around the affected area. Adaptive clothing is usually designed with adjustable features or generous fits to accommodate changes in body size due to post-operative swelling.

Support and Compression: Some adaptive garments are designed to provide compression to certain body parts, which can help reduce swelling and support healing tissues, a common requirement after surgeries such as joint replacements or certain plastic surgery procedures.

Independence: By making dressing and undressing less of a challenge, adaptive clothing can promote independence and self-sufficiency in post-operative care, which can positively affect mental health and recovery.

Safety: Reducing the need for excessive movement or the assistance of others in dressing decreases the risk of falls or strain-related injuries, which is crucial during the vulnerable period of post-surgery recovery.

Therapeutic Features: Some adaptive clothing includes therapeutic features such as anti-microbial fabrics that can help in reducing the risk of infection, or materials that allow the skin to breathe and heal better.

Psychological Well-being: Having clothing that is functional yet still looks fashionable can also boost a person's morale and self-esteem during recovery, which is an important aspect of the healing process.

It is important to choose adaptive clothing that is specifically suited to the type of surgery the person has undergone, as needs can vary significantly depending on the procedure.

Types of Adaptive Clothing for Recovery

Post-surgery, patients often require specialised clothing that accommodates their new physical needs, aids in recovery, and provides comfort and ease of use. Here are specific types of adaptive and specialist clothing that can be particularly helpful:

Post-Surgical Gowns: These gowns have easy-to-manage closures, often with snaps or Velcro down the back or along the sides, allowing for easy access to surgical sites without needing to fully undress.

Velcro Shoes and Slippers: Footwear with Velcro straps are easier to put on and take off, and can be adjusted to accommodate swelling.

Compression Garments: These are used after surgeries like liposuction or mastectomies to provide support, reduce swelling, and help shape the body during the healing process.

Mastectomy Bras and Tops: Designed with pockets to hold breast prostheses, these garments help women maintain a natural silhouette post-mastectomy without irritating sensitive areas.

Abdominal Binders: These can provide support to the abdominal area after surgeries like cesarean sections, hernia repairs, or hysterectomies.

Adaptive Pants and Trousers: Pants with side zippers, front closures, or Velcro make it easier to dress without bending or twisting. They may also accommodate casts, braces, or other post-operative devices.

Shoulder Surgery Clothing: For those who have had shoulder surgery, there are shirts with side openings or front closures to avoid movement of the affected arm.

Wrap-around Skirts and Sarongs: These can be ideal for lower body surgeries as they can be easily wrapped around the waist without bending over.

Adaptive Underwear: This includes options that can be opened from the side or front, allowing for easy changing without the need to bend or step in and out of them.

Drain Management Clothing: After surgeries that involve drains, pockets or pouches can hold these devices securely and discreetly.

Orthopedic Shoe Wear: These are tailored to be used with orthopedic devices such as braces or casts and are often wider, with more space and support.

Seatbelt Protectors: For individuals with chest or abdominal incisions, seatbelt protectors can cushion the area and protect the surgical site while in a vehicle.

Zippered Sleeves or Legs: For individuals with IV lines or casts, clothing with zippered sleeves or pant legs can provide access without having to remove the garment.

Customised Post-Surgery Adaptive Clothing

At Adaptive Clothing Australia, we're here to make clothing work for you. If you have specific requirements for your clothing post surgey, we offer custom garments tailored to your needs. Choose your fabric, and we'll create clothing that's comfortable and easy to wear or we can adapt one of your current garments.

Contact our team today:

Banner to shop ready to wear adaptive clothing


Disclaimer: The content provided in this blog is for informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. We are not medical professionals and the information should not be considered as professional medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider for medical advice and treatment.

Affiliate Disclaimer: Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase through these links. We recommend products and services because we believe they are of value to our readers, not because of the commissions we may earn.


Subscribe to receive learning, doing and living tips for seniors.  

Thanks for subscribing!

ACA Facebook Footer  (3).png
bottom of page