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Remodeling of Cheneau's brace during treatment
Scoliosisvolume 4, Article number: O48 (2009)
Remodeling of the brace is often necessary during treatment of the spinal deformity. Reasons for brace remodeling include change of the spinal shape during the treatment and rapid growth of the patient.
Summary of techniques
We developed several techniques for brace remodeling. These techniques improve patient's quality of life without the cost of making a new brace. Remodeling may be done using warm or cold techniques.
After warming-up of the problem area, the brace may be cut. For the three-dimensional correction, the brace surface has to be heated until transparency of the area to modify is apparent. These methods reinforce pressure zones and reorganize the expansion rooms.
Cold remodeling allows the clinician to change the length of the brace, to adjust the brace volume, and to change the position of the expansion rooms and pressure zones. For the lengthening of the brace, cross-cut and connections of the brace parts using plastic bridges should be done. L-cut must be done from the medial axillary line to anterior surface of the brace for the enlargement of the zones 7–19. This piece of plastic should be turned-up and fixed by a connective plastic plate. If pressure zone 41D is impaired, it may be cut out and riveted-in. The same maneuvers may be applied in other zones of the brace.
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