How a Cast is Removed

Today we’re going over what to expect when getting your cast off. So when you get your cast off, it can be a scary experience at first but the kids will soon realize that there’s nothing to be scared of. This is our cast saw. It makes a lot of noise which is probably the biggest concern that everybody has. It sounds really scary but it’s not. It’s not very sharp, it’s just vibrating so it doesn’t oscillate like a regular saw so it’s not gonna cut into your skin. In fact, they won’t even go past the padding that we put initially on the cast, so it sounds really loud, if I hold it up to my hand and press into it really hard it doesn’t do much to my hand. Once this is on it won’t do much either, but it sounds really loud. Just to demonstrate how loud it is… Very loud, part of the noise is that it is attached to a vacuum that helps catch any dust that comes off of that cast. Once I finally get going here we’re gonna make two cuts: one on the top of the cast, flip it over, we’ll make one on the bottom and then we’ll use this tool that we call a spreader. That’ll just help me separate the layers of the cast there so I can get in with some safety scissors and finish cutting that off. For the patient that is nervous, we also have some lovely headphones that we provide here in the office that they can wear. A lot of the time, this helps ease a lot of those nerves. So let’s get started. Alright, so once the scary part is over, we take those spreaders, put it right in there. As you can see it didn’t go past any of that cotton, we’ll do the same on the other side. That gives me room to work with my scissors. And these are safety scissors. These won’t cut. Only cutting cotton. Once that’s cut, we just take it off.


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