US 2586219 A
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Feb. 19, 1952 T, GEFFAS 2,586,219
HERN IA STAY Filed June 2, 1950 INVENTOR TLeofoe Clef/QS .l BYWM ATTORNEYS Patented Feb. 1 9, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,586,219 HERMA s'rAY Y Theodore Geias, Ogden,l Utah Application June 2, 1950, Serial No. 165,769
2 Claims. (Cl. 12S-117) This invention relates to hernia stays.
An object of this invention is to provide a support or stay which is designed to afford relief from hernia. v
Another object of this invention is to provide a support or stay which will be under compression when in applied position so as to hold the rupture back in proper position.
In a modified form, which has been designed for use in post operative cases, the raised portion is eliminated so that there will not be any undue pressure on the aected part, but at the same time the aiected part will be held in proper position to permit proper and unstrained healing thereof.
A further object of this invention is to provide a stay or support which includes means whereby said stay will positively remain in its adjusted position on the holding strap.
Further objects are to provide in a device of the kind described, a hernia stay which may readily be kept in a sterile and fully sanitary condition through easy separation and cleaning of its several components, and one which is smooth and has practically no exposed metal parts and will be very thin and flat under the clothing of the wearer.
With the above and other objects in view, my invention consists in the arrangement, combination and details of construction disclosed in the drawings and specification, and then more particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a detailed front elevation of a hernia stay constructed according to an embodiment of this invention, showing the pad in applied position,
Figure 2 is a detailed front elevation of the stay body removed from the holding strap,
Figure 3 is a longitudinal section taken on the line 3--3 of Figure 2,
Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary longitudinal section of one end portion of the stay body under compression as applied,
Figure 5 is a detailed side elevation of a modified form of the stay.
Referring to the drawings, the numeral I0 designates generally an elongated resilient or flexible body which is longitudinally bowed with the concave side II thereof outermost. The body I0 has projecting from the concave side thereof adjacent each end a guide loop I2 through which a holding strap I3 is adapted to engage. The strap I3 is adapted to be engaged with a horizontally disposed belt I4 disposed 'about the waist of the wearer. The, body IIJ has embedded therein an elongated and longitudinally extending flat spring I5 which is normally bowed in the same direction as the body I0, anda pair of outwardly extending pins I 6 are secured to the spring I5 at orv near each end of same, and project through the body l0 on the outer or concave side of the latter at points between the belt guide loops I2.
An elliptical convex resilient raised portion I'I is formed integral with the body I0 being disposed between the ends of the body I0 and projecting from the normally convex side IB of the body. The raised portion I1 is adapted to engage the affected part and as shown in Figure 2 is of substantially elliptical configuration and disposed on an oblique angle with respect to the length of the body I0.
By disposing the raised portion I1 on an oblique angle with respect to the length of the body I0, the stay may be used for a rupture on either the right or left hand side. As herein disclosed the stay is mounted on the left side, but where it is used on the right hand side, the structure is reversed end for end, the lower end being disposed uppermost so that the longitudinal axis of the stay will be inclined upwardly and outwardly in the same manner as shown for the left side of the wearer.
The strap I3 is threaded through the loops I2, and when the stay is adjusted lengthwise of the strap and this strap I3 is rmly secured at the ends thereof to the upper horizontal belt I4, the pressure applied by the strap I3 will reversely bend the body I0, puttingr the raised portion I'I and surface I-8 under compression, as shown in dotted lines in Figure 3, and at this time the points I6 will project partly into the adjacent inner side of the strap I3 so that the stay will be thereby securely held against vertical or lengthwise movement with respect to the strap I3. The stay shown in Figures 2, 3 and 4 is designed particularly for use in holding a rupture back in place before an operation is performed.
For post operative use a similar stay structure is used eliminating the convex resilient raised portion I1. This post operation stay structure is shown in Figure 5 and includes an elongated body IIJa similar to the body In which has a resilient spring embedded therein and strap engaging pins I6a secured to the spring and projecting from the concave side of body Illa.
The normally convex side I8a. of the body I0 is disposed on a relativelylong curvature with the raised portion Il eliminated so that where the stay structure shown in Figure 5 is used there will not be any undue or concentrated pressure applied to the aiected part, but such part will be under even distributed pressure so that the affected part will not become displaced before the part has healed. Preferably the body l0 is formed of rubber and raised portion I1 is also formed of the same material. This rubber may be sponge rubber or other relatively soft rubber. and the spring I5y which is embedded in the rubber will hold thev body l0 against undue flexing.
What I claim is:
1. A stay comprising an elongated longitudinally bowed flexible body normally concaved outwardly, a bowed spring embedded in said body, a pair of guide loops projecting from the outer concave side of said body through which a supporting strap is adapted to engage, and positioning retaining pins xed to said spring and projecting from the concave side of said body for engagement into the strap, tightening of said strap reversing the concavity of said body to thereby hold the latter in adjusted position in conformity to the human body.
2. A stay comprising an elongated longitudinally bowed flexible body normally concaved outwardly, a bowed spring embedded in said body, a pair of guide loops projecting from the outer concave side of said body through which a supporting strap is adapted to engage, a convex raised portion projecting from the normally convex side of said body, and strap retaining pins fixed to said spring and projecting from the normally concave side of said body for engagement into the strap,A tightening of said strap reversing the concavity over said body to thereby h old the body in adjusted position in conformity to the human body 'I'HEODORE GEFFAS.
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