US 729017 A
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No. 729,017. PATBNTED MAY 26, 1903. G. R. TURNER.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 15. 1902.
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UNITED STATES Patented May 26, 1903.
SPECIFICATION formingpart of Letters Patent No. 729,017, dated May 26, 1903.
Application filed September 15, 1902. Serial No. l23,4=98. (No model.) I
full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
This invention relates particularly to hernialtrusses; and the object thereof is to form a truss of improved construction which will effectively retain one or more inguinal hernias Without discomfort to the wearer.
A further object is effected by the means used, as hereinafter described, to produce a proper upward and inward pressure to retain the ruptures.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a front view of the device. Fig. 2 is a back view thereof. Fig. 3 is an edge view thereof.
Speaking generally, the device comprises aspring-metal frame, a leather pad-plate covered by a suitable soft fabric, and pads produced on the pad-plate.
Referring specifically to the drawings, 6 indicates a metal frame, preferably formed of spring-steel and properly bent to take the shape of the abdomen. A how 6 is joined to this frame and is rigid therewith and is properly shaped to traverse the inguinal and pubic regions. A backing or pad-plate 7 is secured to the frame in any proper manner, as by straps 7, and this plate is perforated, as at 7", for the sake of ventilation and coolness. The pad-plate is faced by a cover of plush or similar soft material, as indicated at 8, and at the lower side edges pads 9 are formed by stufling under the cover. One or two of these pads may be formed to fit a single or double hernia. The shape of the padplate is such that it forms an abdominal supporter, covering the lower part of the abdomen and extending down to the pubic bone, This brings the pads 9 to the The frame 6 is provided or thereabout. inguinal region.
with arms 6 which extend downwardly beyond the pad-plate, curving outwardly and downwardly to a position below the axis of the pads 9, as indicated in Fig. 1, in which the dotted line a a represents the axis of the pads. The ends of the arms are provided with lugs 6, whereby a supporting-strap 10 maybe attached to pass around the body. The outward extension of the arms 6" is sufficient to bring them beyond the anterior spine of the ilium, and in a sitting position the thighs of the wearer will to a certain extent pass between the arms and the pad-plate, the bowed construction permitting this effect. By bringing the point of attachment of the strap to the arms below the axis of the pads the pressure is produced in a desirable inward and upward direction. This result is very advantageous and is believed to be novel, and it supports the parts in a very efficient and desirable manner. The spring of the arms 6 produces the necessary pressure, and the device can be used with or without an elastic strap.
What I claim as new is 1. In a hernial truss, a padded frame provided with arms joined to the frame above the pad and bowed outwardly and downwardly on each side below the axis of the pad, substantially as described.
2. In a hernial truss, the combination of an abdominal supporting-plate having hernial pads, and lateral spring-arms projecting from the plate and curving downwardly below the axis of thepads, tending to turn them upwardly and inwardly, and a body-belt joined to the arms.
3. In a hernial truss, the combination with a frame having a pad thereon, of arms projecting s'idewise from the frame and bowed outwardly and downwardly below the axis of the pad, and a belt joined to the ends of the arms, whereby the belt-pressure produces an upward turning movement in the pad, substantially as described.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
CHARLES R. TURNER. WVitnesses:
O. F. WHEELER, KATHERINE L. SAVERY.