Cast care

Why do we need plaster casts?

A cast holds a hand that has been operated on in the right position and limits mobility. This is necessary for reducing pain and it will also stop sutured tissue from tearing.

What do you need to know about plaster casts?

  • Since it takes around 36 hours for plaster to fully harden, you must not support yourself on the cast for the first 2-3 days or it will fall apart. If the cast is on your leg, use crutches. 
  • The cast must not get wet, since it will then start falling apart. When taking a shower, place a waterproof covering on the cast.
  • If the bandage around the cast gets dirty, do not remove the old bandage, but put a new one on top of it, making sure it is not too tight.
  • Swelling of the limb may increase. This is caused by operation trauma. If you feel like your cast is getting tight, contact your family physician.
  • If the bandage around the cast comes undone, put a new one around the cast without it being too tight.
  • Your cast should stay on for as long as your doctor recommends. You must not remove it yourself as this may negatively affect the outcome of the operation.