External Fixator Leg Assist Cot

The External Fixator Leg Assist Cot is an aid to assist in the removal of an external fixator on a patient's leg.

  • One Person Job
  • Cradles Limbs for More Accuracy during X-rays and Exams
  • Disposable or Reusable
  • Uncomplicated, Simple Design
  • Multiple Sizes Available


Utility Patent #9,381,129

Story Behind the Invention

Inventor David Vicik of Des Plaines, IL has created an aid to assist in the removal of an external fixator on a patients leg.

External fixators are commonly used as a method of immobilizing leg bones to allow a fracture to heal. These devices utilize pins or screws that are placed into the bone on all sides of the fracture. The pins and screws are then secured together outside the skin with clamps and rods within an external skeletal frame. As the bones mend back together, the external fixator can be adjusted so the bones remain in an optimal position during the healing process. However, the removal process is difficult after a bone has mended. It usually requires two or more people to support the user's leg while removing the various pins and screws. This can also be extremely uncomfortable for a patient. Inventor Vicik has created a means by which an external fixator can be more easily removed from a patient's leg.

This clever new invention allows for a one person job. The device cradles limbs for more accuracy during x-rays and exams. It is reusable, disposable, or both. It is an uncomplicated, simple design. Multiple sizes are available. The use of the External Fixator Leg Assist Cot allows for the removal of external leg fixators in a manner which is quick, easy, and effective.

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