Healthier Me: New Waterproof Casts Being Used at Sanford Health
Nearly 7 million of us will be rushed to the emergency room for a broken bone at some point in our lives. As if the pain of the injury isn't enough -- you can also face weeks or even months of wearing a big, itchy and stinky cast, that can't get wet!
Sanford Health is now using a waterproof cast. It's a new removable cast that is changing how doctors treat broken bones. The customized cast is made out of three layers of high tech polymers and foam that create a lightweight, adjustable, extremely strong brace.
The cast is actually molded to your hand and than adjusted and tightened with a button and wires. Unlike traditional plaster and fiberglass casts, this one can be removed daily.
The new casts are being used more and more throughout the country. They cost about the same as traditional casts and, most of the time, your insurance will cover it.
Doctors say some kids still want the white cast, because people can write on it, but that is a rare request. And, while the material is different, doctors have seen the next casts come back painted, so there are few limits for the creative patient.