This health video explores the new technology to fix breaks with out a cast.
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Jennifer: Two years ago Shannon Kane broke her thigh bone in a car accident. Shannon: I remember just like hearing lots of sounds and like lots people talking. Jennifer: Like most kids she recovered but unlike most kids she never had a cast. Instead Shannon was treated with elastic titanium nails. John Flynn: It is a method in which we are able to pass thin pins into the femur bones through small insertions and that acts as an internal splint to the bone. This scars if you worn up okay. Jennifer: In 69 months the nails are surgically removed researches at the childrens hospital of Philadelphia compared children treated with traditional body cast and children treated with the nails. John Flynn: We found that the kids who were treated with titanium nailing walked sooner walked independently sooner got and got back to school sooner. Jennifer: Dr. John Flynn says that children with body cast return after about 3 months for children with the new approach it took less than 2 months. Maria Kane: She was back to school in a month and was able to at least sit up at a table and do her home work even after about 2 and a half weeks. Jennifer: Now nothing can hold Shannon back. The 11 year old kids have busy schedule that includes gymnastics and soccer. Shannon: I pretty much can do everything that I did before the car accident. Jennifer: All without ever having a bulky cast, this is Jennifer Mathews reporting.