Rigid Removable Dressing (RRD) – “Limb Protector”
This handout explains what a rigid removable dressing (RRD) is, how to use it, and how to care
This cast helps to protect the residual limb
as you heal and prepare for fitting. It is very
important that the protective cast be worn
any time you stand - to transfer or walk - for
any reason. The RRD may be used with a
knee immobilizer brace to help keep your
How to Apply
1. To dress the suture line, follow the
instructions of the surgical staff.
Apply Cuticerin, Xeroform, and/or
gauze to the suture line or any areas
2. Apply the prosthetic sheath (white or
beige nylon) in a single layer to hold
the gauze in place and help make the
next steps easier.
3. Compression layers – (Please do a or
b as instructed by staff)
a. Apply two layers of the
tubular white compression
sock or a single layer
reflected over end of limb.
b. Apply the Single Shrinker –
This is beige or white in color
with silicone beads at the top
to help “grip” the thigh.
4. Prosthetic socks - Apply so that the
cast is snug, but not overly tight.
a. 2 ply – white stitching
b. 3 ply – yellow stitching
c. 5 ply – green stitching
5. Outer suspension sock that extends
up on to thigh
Care of Soft Goods
ξ Hand wash and air dry prosthetic
sheaths. Wear a clean sheath every
ξ Prosthetic socks can be washed with
gentle detergent on a gentle cycle in
machine or hand washed. Dry on a
low setting or air dry.
ξ Prosthetic shrinkers should be hand
washed and air dried.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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