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 Post subject: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:13 am 
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Somehow I have avoided getting casted for 40 years but I broke my arm and it was unavoidable this time. Now this slightly stinky hot pink cast needs to go. Insurance doesn't cover shit so the Yankee in me thinks I should save some coin and do it myself.

Anyone with experience in DIY cast removal?

It's the fiberglass type with goretex liner.


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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:16 am 
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Grab the hack saw and be careful not to cut too deep lol. It's really not complicated.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:38 am 
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Dremel?

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:50 am 
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^ That's what I was thinking. Currently in a heated debate with wife about the procedure.


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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:14 am 
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I would avoid power tools considering how close you will be getting to your skin. Seriously, I know plenty of people who have cut casts off with a hack saw.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:37 am 
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powhound84 wrote:
I would avoid power tools considering how close you will be getting to your skin. Seriously, I know plenty of people who have cut casts off with a hack saw.

^ x2

The saws doctors have don't spin like a circular saw or dremel. They rotate back and fourth so as not to tear skin—kind of like a power sander with an edge. . . and round. You see it when the cast-dust spits out both sides of the incision.

What's that joke about the stages of a dremel owners life?
1. Constantly thinks, "If I only had a dremel, I could..."
2. Runs into a task for which a dremel is necessary to completion.
3. Finally buys the tool and gets the job done in like ten minutes.
4. Spends the rest of his life thinking up reasons to break out the dremel. "I could dremel this. I could dremel that."


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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:54 am 
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Slide a sheet of aluminum or better yet stainless steel between your skin and the cast and dremel it. they even have circular saw blades for dremels. The cast the Dr removed from my leg was an oversized dremel. The kind that Hannibal lecter used to saw through that guys skull.

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:58 am 
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rughty wrote:
Slide a sheet of aluminum or better yet stainless steel between your skin and the cast and dremel it. they even have circular saw blades for dremels. The cast the Dr removed from my leg was an oversized dremel. The kind that Hannibal lecter used to saw through that guys skull.


Also a solid idea. However, with the time you spend trying to find a thin sheet of metal to fit well inside your cast, you could have just hacked it off carefully with a hand saw. Why do people, myself included, love to over-complicate things? :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:21 am 
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Couldn't you soak it, get real soggy and pull it apart?
This thread is awesome, real man shit here! John Wayne would be proud...

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:42 pm 
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PedroDelfuego wrote:
Couldn't you soak it, get real soggy and pull it apart?
This thread is awesome, real man shit here! John Wayne would be proud...


that was my next thought, but I already logged off! :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:22 pm 
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I had a friend cut mine off my arm with tin snips...worked great


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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
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Fien tool....'should do the job, perhaps just swing by the local orange box home imp. store and see if you can "sample" one..

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 Post subject: Re: Cast removal
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:06 pm 
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Tophervw wrote:
Fien tool....'should do the job, perhaps just swing by the local orange box home imp. store and see if you can "sample" one..


This is spot on, an oscillating tool is exactly what you want.

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