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Cast-bracing for fractures of the femur. A preliminary report of a modified device

Lesin, BE; Mooney, V; Ashby, ME

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The second-generation cast-brace system offers some advantages over previous systems of cast-brace treatment for fractures of the femur. Because the thigh section is adjustable, loosening of the cast-brace is not a problem. The device can be applied earlier and need not be reapplied when the girth of the thigh is reduced. Using a roller traction system, the cast-brace can also be used initially for traction and suspension without the complexity of traditional systems. With the use of commercially available plastic knee joints, special skills in alignment of the joints are not necessary, and no specially trained personnel need be on hand. The lightweight thigh section coupled to custom-fit plaster leg section, with the foot and ankle free, are less bulky than a totally plaster cast-brace with metal side joints. Walking may be begun earlier with the device, and in-patient hospital time is reduced. However, this system requires a high level of patient cooperation in that the patient is free to adjust the system himself and, therefore, the system may not be safe for application in all settings.

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