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If you soak a fiber glass cast can you unravel it thereby removing it?


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Fiberglass is some form of plastic that can be shaped. The casts from this material are lighter than the traditional plaster of Paris casts. Fiberglass is more durable and gives room for air circulation. The cast made of this material allows a doctor to take better x-rays when the cast is still on. Fiberglass will not dissolve when put in water because of its waterproof qualities however there is an inner padding that can get wet or remain dry when exposed to water. Doctors mostly use the padding that gets wet as standard procedure and also because of the type of fracture being treated. They can offer to place the water resistant type that allows one to take a bath in or swim with but this is the doctor’s decision given the type of fracture. It is not advisable to remove the cast yourself but if you are determined tin snips are your best option as they will prevent you from cutting yourself since the cut will be made along not right through (across).

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It is recommended that a medical professional remove a cast as first the cast may not be ready to come off and secondly you may hurt yourself in the process requiring more medical attention.  As plaster is more water resistant than a plaster cast it is not recommended that you try to soak it off with water as this will not work. If you do intend to remove the cast by yourself you will need the following items:

A second person

A pair of tin snipes


In order to remove the cast you will want to lay the extremity on a flat surface and the secondary person will want to use the tin snipes to cut from one open end of the cast to the other, being careful not to cut the skin.  You can then spilt the cast with your hands and remove it.

After you have cut through the fiberglass you will see cotton padding, use the scissors to cut the cotton padding off.

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