What does it mean to bivalve a cast?

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To bivalve a cast means to cut it on both sides from top of the cast to the toes so it can "open up" and allow for swelling. After cut, the cast is usually held together with an Ace bandage to keep it in place. A cast is usually bivlaved after a surgey or immediately after an injury to stabilize a body part AND allow for sweilling. more
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