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I purchased a Limbo M80 adult half leg about a month ago ahead of pending surgery. I only used it three or four times before noticing water inside of it. I found several holes in it. It was never worn on anything but carpet and had padding inside. Call me completely disappointed in this product.Marlene Sockwell
A few years ago I caught the toe of my shoes in the hem of my trousers and landed horribly, banging my knee against the edge of a stone step on the way into the building where I work. My trousers did pretty well, getting off with only a small hole but the knee underneath was a heck of a mess. After the local office first aider had cleaned it up, he advised me to get up to A&E and get it stitched and a colleague drove me over. The A&E staff wouldn't stitch it because it was right on the middle of my knee cap and instead they patched it up with water soluble superglue and butterflies and sent me home with instructions not to get it wet for 'a week or two'. One of my colleagues, hearing me debating how I could keep it dry, said he'd pop home and get me his 'Limbo' so I could keep my butterflies and glue nice and dry.
When he returned I couldn't believe that something so enormous would be needed and he explained that he'd had it around the house ever since his son had broken his leg and had a cast. I took it home and tried to use it. The Limbo is basically a big, strong plastic bag with an elasticated seal around the top. It's designed to slide on over a leg cast and keep both leg and cast dry whilst you have a shower. It was a complete case of massive over-kill for my little wound.
I gave it a try but I felt ridiculous and I obviously couldn't wash a large part of my leg when I was using it. I soon gave up and resorted to the poor girl's alternative - a supermarket carrier bag with gaffer tape on top. This enabled me to isolate just the area around my knee and let the rest of my leg get on with getting clean.
If you do have a half leg cast then there's really not much alternative to something like this (other than getting smelly and dirty), but for my circumstances it was really far too fussy to bother with and at £20 or so to buy, really not worth the investment.
I purchased a limbo protective cover for my daughter when she broke her arm. I followed the instructions exactly and the sizing was correct. It was not waterproof. Rather it was water resistant. Limbo health products refused to give me a refund as they said it had been used. Of course it had been used - how else would you know that it did not work? Sooo - with some creative thinking .... I put an elasticised bandage around the top of the bag and arm and then put duct tape (yes duct tape) over the bandage .... and finally it was waterproof. But consumers beware .. Do not buy this product and believe that on its own it will be waterproof because it isn't.
I first came across these when my daughter sprained her ankle and had to have a below knee cast. The leaflet advertising them was in A&E and the order process was completed on line.
The web site is very easy to use and recommends that you correctly measure the limb that needs to be covered. From experience I would always use a tape measure as they are next to useless if you get the sizing wrong. Initially I ordered the next size up thinking the correct size might be a bit snug but the next size up would have easily fit me! The item was delived the next working day which I really needed and the postage cost was reasonable.
The plastic is of very good quality and the top is held against the skin with neoprine which is gentle enough that it does not irritate but keeps the water out. The below knee cast cover has been fully submerged in the bath and also tested in the swimming pool for at least half an hour with excellent effect. The cast remained completely dry and undamaged.
Care needs to be taken when removing as I have found that sharp nails can accidently puncture the neoprine but this has been easily repaired with a bicycle repair kit.
This is an excellent product that comes in every size and shape imaginable and is excellent value for money. Once it has been used it can easily be stored for repeat use.
WHAT IS IT?
A plastic bag designed to be used if you have a plaster cast or dressing on your leg, enabling you to shower or bathe without compromising your recovery.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Simply slide your leg into the top of the bag, squeeze the air out and make sure the sealing section is flush against the skin. The bag will then self seal to provide a watertight barrier to protect your cast.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
When I broke my shin bone last year I was in plaster for twelve weeks and used these cast protectors throughout so I could shower as usual. Each one can be reused and are suitable for 8 weeks of normal use, I don't know what normal use is but daily showering meant I had to replace mine after just 6 weeks.
They are very effective and kept my cast dry while I was in the shower, I used the half leg design and this was perfect but a bit tight at the top even though my legs are slim. The seal keeps every drop of water out even when I showered for a longer time than usual, it can't be used on undressed or open wounds but is latex free so shouldn't cause any irritation. The bag also doesn't store condensation even though I have my shower hot.
This was £15 when I bought it but has since increased in price to £19, that's a bargain still for peace of mind that I'm not going to damage my cast in the shower and also to be able to shower instead of just washing for the length of time your leg is healing.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Back last year I suffered a leg break whilst going in for a tackle in football. After the whole fiasco with dealing with A and E and getting home a ran a bath as I was still muddy from the game. At this point I suddenly thought "how am I going to keep my cast dry and keep clean"? I first tried a black bin bag and tape. This did not work and I soon found myself sat drying my cast with a hairdryer.
A friend of mine said you could by a device to keep casts clean and dry. I looked online through a search engine and came across the Limbo Waterproof Cast Protectors. After reading many positive reviews and realising I had to have a cast for a number of months I decided for £17.99 it was worth a go.
I had a difficult couple of days sponge washing before it arrived. When it did arrive I opened the parcel I pulled out what was essentially a plastic bag with a rubber band on the end. The tube shape bag was made of a thick clear plastic that had plenty of room to cover my cast and more. The plastic is tough and resistant but still moveable. The rubber band creates a seal on your leg allowing the bag to cover the entire cast. When you first use the cast protector the band will feel tight and a bit like having a blood pressure reading. However, after a few uses you will become used to it. The rubber band is great as it coped with creating a tight seal on my thigh, I then tried it on my arm (a lot smaller) and it still created a tight seal.
Throughout my experience using the protector I never had a single leak. I had many baths and showers and my cast stayed completely dry. I was delighted with my purchase and found it money well spent. I would have struggled so much without it. As much as I loved it I hope I never have to use it again (touch wood).
From around the age of 18 I've suffered from several knee dislocations from both knees. Most of the time I got away with just having to have an adjustable leg brace where I could remove it to bathe. With the ongoing problems I was suffering with my dislocations happening more frequent, it was inevitable that something more serious was bound to happen. Cue dislocation of my knee in the most embarrassing way ever whilst under the influence of a couple of drinks (we wont go into that though!), on this occasion I actually shattered my kneecap and required surgery and some screws to get it back to a reasonable working order. After the surgery I was left in a plaster cast from my ankle to the top of my thigh, this of course brought its own problems, mainly with stairs!
----- Washing with a plaster cast -----
Washing was hard with a full leg plaster cast. Most of the time I just strip washed, as getting in and out of the bath was a hurdle in itself, without trying to keep the cast dry. The times I did try to have a bath involved me trying to balance my leg on the edge of the bath and tying a black bin bag around the cast. I hadn't heard of the Limbo waterproof cast protectors then, boy I wish I did. A year and a half ago I dislocated my knee again, but nothing showed up on my MRI scan so the surgeon stuck a camera in using keyhole surgery and discovered a ligament that needed repairing, he opened me up and I was left with yet another plaster cast. This time, upon leaving hospital, I begged the nurse to give me some magical way of bathing with ease, and she told me about these Limbo cast protectors, hallelujah!
----- Ordering -----
I am a tight arse when it comes to spending money and usually just stick to only spending it if I have to. I didn't think this Limbo cast protector was a necessity but after mulling it over and remembering the nightmare I had with my full leg cast I had a couple of years before, I was convinced this wasn't a necessity but essential to get bathed nice, quickly and easily! I went to their website (www.limboproducts.co.uk) and went through the few simple steps to order my cast protector.
The website is easy to use, and it only takes a couple of minutes to order the correct cast protector for your injury. They are a few different types available, half/full length arm or leg. After you have chosen which one you are after, they ask for weight and height so that you order the correct size for your body. I ordered mine the evening that I came out of hospital, it was delivered a couple of days after so I didn't have to go long without bathing!
----- Using the cast protector ------
The cast protector is easy to use, Limbo recommend that you wear a big sock to protect the cast bag from getting damaged and thus becoming worthless. After a sock has been put on, the bag simply pulls up over the cast and with a little tug seals itself, and that's it, totally waterproof! I found after a couple of uses that the best way to pull the bag over was to push the air out of the bag before sealing, else it will be full of air and after a while of being in the bath become all condensed. The seal felt tight around my leg, but not uncomfortable. To remove the bag just pull the seal away from your leg and pull it down over itself to stop any excess water from dripping on to the cast.
I cannot put into words just how helpful this cast protector was, it significantly made my 6 weeks in the cast easier. With having a 6 month old daughter and my mum doing all she could to help me, I didn't want to her to be around more than she had to be, the cast protector sped up my washing process, thus being able to have some more time to herself, other than just helping me. It made life easier for me also, with being able to bath almost like normal, I didn't have to worry about trying to wash my other leg and foot without my cast slipping and ending up in the water.
----- Overall -----
I can't remember how much I exactly paid for my full leg cast protector, but it was in the region of £15. As I've never needed any other type of cast protector, I'm not sure if they charge different amounts for different sizes, but I would imagine a half leg cast protector would probably be cheaper than a full leg.
For £15, this plastic bag was amazing value for money, and with someone that begrudges paying for things that aren't really a necessity, I think that's saying something. I'd definitely recommend buying one of these cast protectors if you should ever need one.
I had ankle keyhole surgery a couple of years ago. I had to keep the stitches dry for a couple of weeks and during this time I found it unbelievably difficult to shower. I tried any number of plastic bags, cling film, rubber bands and still the wound got wet every time. I ended up having to lie in the bath with my leg sticking out of the side as this was the only surefire way to keep it dry.
At the end of last year I learned that I needed more serious surgery which would involve at least 2 months in plaster. I was dreading trying to shower while keeping the cast dry. I think my husband was dreading the though of me not showering for 2 months! A friend recommended the Limbo cast protector as her sister had found it wonderful when she broke her arm. I looked on Amazon and read the reviews. One mentioned buying direct from the manufacturer, which saved me several pounds! I followed the online sizing guide and ordered one, which arrived within 2 days.
It is now nearly 2 weeks since my operation. Despite having showered or bathed daily since then, my cast has remained completely dry thoughout. This product has made a difficult time bearable and I now look forward to my daily shower. It relies on a cuff which resembles a wet suit fabric to make the seal. I am able to focus on which shower gel to use, rather than how many carrier bags I can wrap around my leg!
The instructions on how to use the LimbO are very thorough and slightly daunting the first time you read them, but as soon as you put the product on, it makes complete sense.
Buy this product, you won't look back!
WARNING: This review contains nudity!
Last month I fell over whilst walking along the street, I am a bit baffled as to how it occurred, but one minute I was walking the next I was face down on the ground. I discovered as I was helped up that I couldn't put any weight down on my left foot without excruciating pain. Fortunately we were quite near my boyfriend's house so he helped me hop back. Frozen peas made very little difference on the swelling, but we assumed that I had just sprained or twisted my foot, as I hadn't stumbled or landed awkwardly at all. However, the next day it was still very sore and I went along to my local A & E, where they X-rayed me and pronounced my 5th metatarsal (the one on my little toe side) to be fractured. I was given a plaster cast up to my knee and crutches and sent on my way, instructed not to get it wet and they would see me in 10 days.
As I couldn't put any weight on my foot, showering was out due to the risk of slipping or falling. Bathing with the cast was a somewhat inelegant affair, we developed a system involving a dining chair, a small plastic stool, some bin liners and my boyfriend in old clothes to get me in and out of the bath. My cast was wrapped in the bin liner to prevent splashes but we couldn't risk it going in the bath and getting properly wet as the bag was only tied at the knee, so I would sit on the dining chair, put my good leg into the bath, and half slide, half plonk myself on the plastic stool which we placed in the bath. Then, I would hoist myself up holding onto the rim of the bath and the stool was removed, all the while with one leg stuck over the edge of the bath, I would then lower myself down. Having the leg outside the bath meant I was often off balance, and it was all a very ungracious procedure. My tub isn't particularly deep or wide, but as I am petite it wasn't comfortable having the leg out as I couldn't really relax. I tended to keep my good leg bent at the knee, as otherwise it was quite unladylike to sit with it extended. Plus, when I laid back in the bath to wash my hair, I struggled to be able to pull myself upright as my weight was unevenly distributed. The first time, my boyfriend held onto my leg whilst I floundered about trying to shave my armpits, it was all very unromantic. Getting out, whilst wet and slippery, was quite traumatic as I was convinced that I would slip and land astride the edge of the bath in a most unladylike and unfortunate position (not to mention painful).
When I returned to the hospital and they gave me a lighter fibreglass cast for a further 5 weeks, I mentioned to the staff in the plaster room about bathing being difficult and they gave me a leaflet for Limbo Cast Protectors. These are thick plastic (PVC and nylon) shaped bags with a neoprene (rubber) and nylon seal which keep secure to your limb. They manufacture both adult and child sizes for different arm and leg injuries and would be useful to protect any wound that would need to be kept dry, not just ones in a cast.
You could order from the form on the bottom of the leaflet or online, paying with a variety of methods including PayPal. When I got back from the hospital I was straight on the internet. The website gave lots of useful advice and a demo on how to put on the cast protector, but this also explained on the packaging the Limbo comes in. Ordering the correct one was extremely easy - the options are clear and self explanatory, so I knew to get a 'Below the Knee Injury' one. I was also asked to select my height from a range, as well as my weight, to ensure I got the correct size. The price for my protector was £11.95 plus £3.25 postage within the UK. You could pay a variety of ways using most major cards but I selected Pay Pal. Prices vary, depending on the limb you need protecting. I ordered too late for my order to be dispatched that day, but I had an e-mail the following morning saying that it was sent out by first class post and would fit through my letterbox. It duly arrived the following day in a grey plastic envelope and inside was the cast protector in a small plastic bag with clear instructions printed on it.
They recommend wearing a sock or wrapping your foot in a soft cloth if you have a cast to cushion the limbo and prevent damage. I assume this is because casts can be hard and rough (especially the new fibreglass ones) and could catch and snag the protector as it can be difficult to manoeuvre it over them, as your foot is in a set position. Saying that, getting a sock to fit over your cast is a challenge, I used a giant bootee knitted by a lady from my mum's Women's Institute, but if you don't have a friendly W.I knitter to hand, a tea towel or old hand towel would do. You are advised to hold the cast protector between your thumb and fingers where the nylon seal meets the plastic, so the seal is tucked in and doesn't get pulled directly. You then put it on like you do a sock, ensuring the angled bottom of the protector points the same way as you foot. Once you have pulled it up as high as you can over your knee (in my case), you pull it down slightly so that the nylon and rubber seal is exposed around the top. At this point, I lift the seal slightly, whilst trying to squeeze as much trapped air out that I can (although I can never get it all), before ensuring that the seal is now flat around my leg and not tucked in anywhere. I can then get in the bath. I still used the dining chair, and swung my legs in the tub together, where I then moved onto the rim of the bath, from where I could comfortable lower myself in whilst holding the sides of the tub. Having both legs in together meant I could keep my balance. It was the same for getting out again, and was a much quicker and smoother procedure than pre-Limbo. Your leg in the cast protector can be fully submerged, however as I usually still had some air in it, it floated a bit but at least it was relaxed, and my good leg would also be able to extend and relax also, whilst allowing me a bit more flexibility when I wanted to adjust my position in the bath, or to turn around and reach the shampoo or a sponge. They do not recommend that you wear the Limbo for more than 20-30 minutes at a time in the bath, as the air within the protector can get warm and condensation could build up, ultimately making you a bit uncomfortable. Removing the protector is easy, I lift the seal and fold it back on the plastic, so no drips go onto my leg and run down inside the cast, then pull off. You have to be careful not to bend or damage the seal, and once the Limbo is off, I flatten it and air dry it either on a clothes horse or over a coat hanger. There is a video on their website which shows how easy it can be.
The cast protectors are estimated to last for 6-8 weeks (the length most casts would be on) and I have had mine for about 5 weeks now without problem. It has made me much more independent as far as bathing is concerned (I still need someone to put the chair in position, but after that my boyfriend can return to watching Top Gear on Dave), as well as more comfortable. I do recommend them for anyone who is unfortunate enough to need to wear a cast, to help with the bathing. Obviously those with arm injuries or able to put weight on their legs could also use them in the shower too. Limbo also produces other products to protect casts, particularly for those who have weight-bearing casts (as I can't put full weight on my foot/cast outdoor weather protectors are redundant as I tend to avoid 'walking' too far on my crutches!). You can also wear your Limbo cast protector in the swimming pool, and they give some good guidelines about swimming on their website - it is not suitable for most cast injuries as it could cause undue stress to the bone, but you can use it for splashing about in the shallow end for example, allowing you to participate with friends and family if you wished, instead of sitting on the sidelines. Consult with your doctor if unsure.
As I mentioned above, I do recommend this product if you should need it (but hopefully you won't). I also recommend purchasing direct, the website was clear and easy to understand, service was quick and also cheaper than if you buy elsewhere. Plus, on some sites (such as Amazon) you cannot be sure that you get the right size as it doesn't seem to have the height/weight options.
Several months ago my little girl broke her arm after jumping off a swing whilst it was still moving and landing very badly. After all the details of going to the hospital, getting xrays, and having a plaster cast put on her arm, it wasn't until I got home the next day and thought about what a pain it was going to be getting and keeping her clean - with a plaster cast that's not allowed to get wet, having baths and showers was going to be awkward, just like I remembered it being when I broke my arm as a child. When I was young and in the wars, my mum just put a plastic bag on my cast when I was in the bath, but this was far from perfect and I remember getting shouted at for forgetting about the cast, putting my arm and carrier bag into the water and having to sit by the radiator afterwards trying to dry my arm cast!
Looking online for an answer, I stumbled across the Limbo Waterproof Cast Protectors website (http://www.limboproducts.co.uk) and ordered a child sized Limbo protector for around £18 as I recall.
Not long after the cast protector arrived - basically it consists of a very tough clear plastic tube-shaped bag which you put the affected limb, in this case my daughter's arm. Around the top of the bag, there is a black stretchy rubbery seal, which fit around the top of her arm to make a watertight seal. My daughter said the top of the bag felt very tight, so she didn't want to wear it for long, but the time it was on was long enough for her to be able to have a decent length of bath and not have to worry about the arm with the cast going in the water.
We had no leaks using the Limbo protector, and found her cast to be as dry afterwards as it was before her bath, meaning it does it's job well! The protector can be used on both legs and arms, and is not just useful when there's a cast on - I had a cut on my ankle which I had only just rebandaged, and I wanted a bath; the protector in a child's size was just about big enough to get up to my calf and keep my poor ankle dry.
For £20 although I did think this was initially a bit dear, it's worked very well for me - my daughter was in a cast for 5 weeks and throughout that time we used the product on her every day, and it saved a lot of hassle! Recommended.