(02/04/13) - Fix your broken bones with a cast you can take off, or even get
wet. You heard it right - this is a removable cast - and it will dramatically
change the way doctors treat broken bones. It will also make life easier, and a
lot less itchy for patients.
From the skate park, to the playing field, many of us will break bones not once, but twice during our lives.
"First time was roller skates, and I just slipped backward, landed under my wrist. second time was monkey bars," says Eric Stuffmann - make that Dr. Eric Stuffmann - of his two personal experiences.
Now, Stuffmann is part of a new solution, using an EXOS Brace, instead of a cast, to help heal his patients' broken bones.
Like Manali Shah, who broke her wrist snowboarding. "I was coming down hill and took an edge wrong and landed backwards on the backside of my hand."
Manali is one of the first to get the customized cast. It's made out of three layers of high tech polymers and foam that create a lightweight, adjustable, extremely strong brace.
Unlike traditional plaster and fiberglass casts, this one can be removed daily and it is waterproof.
Manali had a traditional cast first, then changed to this one. "It was great, because I could finally take it off to get a shower, I didn't have to put a bag over my hand, and it just breathes really well."
Now, she's looking forward to tackling the mountain once again. "Just to make it down a blue without falling. Hahaha."
Dr. Stuffmann says he uses the new cast for most breaks, the only time he doesn't use it is when he thinks the patient will not keep it on long enough during the day.
The new casts are being used more and more throughout the country. They cost the same as traditional casts and most insurances will cover it.
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