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Customized Elastics Fabricated from Foley's Catheter for Traction in Maxillofacial Trauma
Like in orthopaedics, many maxillofacial fracture cases require elastic traction to control the muscle spasms, pain and aid in reduction of the fractured segments to achieve acceptable occlusion before the definitive management. In trauma and emergency hospital setup, sometimes conventional stock elastic bands are not readily available for the traction (non-rigid maxillo–mandibular fixation). In such cases, customized elastic bands, made from Foley's catheter, can be a better alternative. The current technique is hassle free and has ease of customization as per individual case due to easy availability of Foley's catheter in hospital setup.
Keywordselastic band - maxillomandibular fixation - intermaxillary fixation - traction - Foley's catheter - fracture
Written informed consent was obtained from the patient for publication of this article and accompanying images.
J.K. and B.L. participated in data collection and wrote the manuscript. J.K., B.L., A.J. R., and DK.V. participated in the study design and helped to draft the manuscript. J.K., B.L., A.J.R., D.K.V., R.A., P.S read and approved the final manuscript
Article published online:
21 August 2023
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