CARE AND USE OF YOUR DEVICE
The Post-Operative Femoral Fracture Brace is used to treat your child’s surgically repaired femur fracture during the rehabilitation process. The brace allows for dressing changes, positional movement (such as sitting), and easy toiletry. It also provides adjustable compression over the fracture site, meaning it will not loosen over the course of the treatment period, as with a traditional cast. It is imperative that the straps and plastic shell stay tight over the femur to allow for proper healing.
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The Fracture Brace should be treated like a cast, meaning it should be worn full-time. The hip and knee angles have been set by your doctor and should only be adjusted by your doctor or Orthotist. Your doctor will determine if the brace can be removed at certain times during the treatment period. The brace is generally worn for six (6) weeks, but your doctor will determine the time frame based on healing.
Waist section: may be unfastened to allow for diaper/underwear changes.
Thigh section: there is a thin, plastic tongue that should be tightened down as swelling decreases to maintain constant compression of the fracture site.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The fracture brace may be cleaned with a washcloth and warm water. It may be disinfected with rubbing alcohol or mild antibacterial wipes. Harsh cleaners, like bleach, are not recommended as the brace is in close contact with skin.
- The brace should always be tight—especially over the thigh—to maintain compression.
- Do not give your child a shower with brace on and do not submerse the brace in a bathtub. Sponge baths are best, unless directed otherwise by the doctor.
- Elevate your child’s leg when lying down by placing a pillow or blanket under your child’s calf. Do not prop directly under the heel; even soft material will cause a sore to form if the back of the heel is resting on a surface. Your child’s heel should be suspended in the air when the leg is elevated, not resting on the supporting pillow or blanket.
- Always wear a sock underneath the brace. This will prevent skin breakdown and improve overall hygiene during your child’s time in the brace. Sock changes will be directed by your child’s doctor.
Please contact the Doctor and/or Orthotist if you have any questions or concerns.