The nurse uses a drill like tools with a small circular cutter blade, the one she likes is smaller and is attached to a vacum so the dust does not fly every where. It only goes through the cast as she cuts through the front and the back of cast,it tickles . She may need a tool to pry the cut open. Then she takes scissors with a safety guard and cuts through the gauze sock that is under the cast. She then can remove your cast. Yes it is smelly with the long arm cast, after six weeks in my case! The shorter cast is not as bad after two more weeks of wear.
The skin is interesting! I used Neosporin on sores and red spots, even the white dead skin so it was easier to peal off.
I now have a removable splint to use when not in bed or just up watching TV or to let arm take a shower finally :) with out it being covered in a plastic bag , hanging out the shower door :)! Need to wear this for four more weeks!
Doctor also says not to lift anything heavier then a pencil! To work on exercising my fingers /joints , like when cast was on and get hand to make a fist once again, so I do not lose the use of it!
Doctor said also,That I will still need to elevate my arm and may use ice at times . I still have swelling on the back of my hand below my fingers. I am badly bruised so there is still pain.
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Been there, done that. what happens is that they take the big cutter thing and cut off the cast. You might think its going to hurt but it tickles A LOT! When you take it off , your hand just falls flat and its feels very weak and small. Since its been in a cast for so long, your skin will be VERY dry and peeling. It smells pretty bad but you’re allowed to take it home if you want!
I had the tight cast up over my hand so long, too long! I have lost my knuckle on my little finger! I can almost get the rest of my hand into a fist. The thumb and down my arm was a killer with pain for a long time before I could get it under my fingers in my palm! Oh yes when I exercise it still all hurts:) My arm is weak and still bruised, it is now July 2011! Broken October 2010…. till now is amazing! I never dreamed what a cast can do to you!