Truss (medicine)

Truss (medicine)

In medicine, a truss is a kind of surgical appliance, particularly one used for hernia patients.

Trusses do not cure the hernia. Instead, a truss provides support for the herniated area, using a pad and belt arrangement to hold it in the correct position. With the advent of modern hernia surgery, trusses have generally become obsolete for persons who have reasonably inexpensive access to medical surgery procedures.

Of historical interest, a variety of trusses are listed in the Snowden & Brother's catalog of the American Civil War era.

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