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For some children or young people, the shape and function of
their foot/feet or length of their limb may be affected due to a
congenital condition or trauma.
The Limb Reconstruction service uses external, non removable
frames to either lengthen, correct or hold a bone or joint in a new
position. A frame may also be used to treat severe fractures.
After assessment in the Limb Reconstruction clinic,
children are booked in advance for elective surgery.
Limb reconstruction surgery has been performed at Royal
Children's Hospital, Melbourne, for over ten years. The Limb
reconstruction process is multi-disciplinary, and coordinated
by a nurse cordinator who works closely with the surgeons,
physiotherapists, occupational therapists and teachers to plan for
the child's surgery. Other members of the health care team are
referred to as required.
A formal preadmission process is followed. . The nurse
coordinator manages the preparation of children and families
for limb reconstruction, streamlines the admission and discharge
process and provide ongoing care in the postoperative period.
Our patients come from Victoria, Tasmania and
Southern New South Wales which can provide a challenge in managing
patients from a distance. It is hoped that this web site goes part
way in addressing the issues for our non metropolitan patients and
becomes a useful resource for all..