US 2461208 A
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Feb- 8, 1949 GoFoRTH ABDOMINAL BANDAGE 2 'Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed March 8, 1946 Feb. s, 1949. GOFORTH 2,461,208
ABDOMINAL BANDAGE Filed March 8, 1946 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented Feb. 8, 1949 UNITED STATES PAT Elsrrf OFFICE Vs claims.
This invention relates generally to the class of surgery and pertains particularly to improvements in abdominal bandages and more particularly a device of this character'designed for controlling or holding a hernia in place. y
A particular object of the present invention is to provide an abdominal bandage or belt device which is designed particularly for maintaining a hernia pad in position and which is especially designed to perform this function and at the same time allow the wearer of the device all of the freedom of movement which he'would have ordinarily and particularly allowing for .the unrestricted movement of the back muscles.
Still another object ofthe invention is to provide a belt-like device for maintaining a hernia pad in position, which is so designed that it will not shift or ride up out of position.
A still further object of the invention is to pro v vide a device of the character stated which is formed in a novel manner to give rni support across the abdomen and at the same time allow for free play of the muscles and unlimited freen dom of movement in the back.
The invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings forming a part of the specification, with the understanding, however, that the invention is notconned to a strict conformity with the showing of the drawings but may be changed or modied so long as such changes or modiiication mark no material departure from the salient features of the invention as expressed in the appended claims. v
In the drawings- Figure 1 is a View in front elevation of the hernia belt constituting the present invention, two of the straps of which are shown detached at their ends at the body of the belt, and portions of the body being broken away to show details of construction.
Figure 3 is a detail section taken substantially q 2 belt opened out, with the ends of the shoulder straps and of the waist straps broken away.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings it will be seen particularly upon reference to Figure '7, that the body portion I0 of the belt is formed as a single panel of material substantiallyv in the shape'of a shield. The bottom edge of the panel .IIL which, like the top edge is reinforced with a suitable binding tape II, has the central downwardly directed point I2 and curves upwardly and outwardly from each side of this point as indicated at I3. This panel covers the major portion of the abdomen and along the vertical center of the body is secured the reinforcing tape Illv while at opposite sides of this tape are provided the pocket forming tapes I5 in which reinforcing stays I6 are retained.
As shown, the abdomen covering panel i8 tapers or is of gradually decreasing height towardy its sides and each side is bifurcated to form the spaced continuing upper and lower waist encircling straps I'I and I8. These straps are suitably reinforced along their edges by binding tape, the top and bottom tapes II 'being continued along the outer edges of the adjacentfupper and lower straps I'I and I8 while the inner or adjacent edges of the straps are reinforced by the binding tapes I9.
The ends of the binding tapes I8, as shown in Figure `'7, and also in Figure 1, run into overlapping 'relation at 20 on the outer side or front of the panel I0, closely adjacent to the reinforcing acrossthe front of the panel, as shown in Figure 1, fromthe side opposite to that from which the strap starts.
The front of the body panel I 8 isprovided with snap fastener buttons 2| in horizontally arranged pairs, as ,shown in Figure 1, to receive the snap button caps 22 carried by the straps I'I and I8. Each of the strapsis secured by two snap buttons preferably but it will be readily apparent that any suitable number maybe employed or any other suitable means may be made use of for securing the ends of the straps to the face of the body panel.
Secured to the top edge of the body panel is a bib 23 which is formed to have extending therefrom the two shoulder straps 24, which straps are of suiclent length to pass over the shoulders of