Limb deficiency

  • The limb deficiency clinic at The Royal Children's Hospital is a multi-disciplinary clinic to cater for the needs of children who have the absence of the whole or part of a limb. The clinic involves professionals from prosthetics, physio, occupational therapy, social work. The clinic takes to care for the children of Victoria and Tasmania and parts of Southern NSW.  The clinic provides a consultative service for children Australia wide and overseas.

    Limb Deficiencies in children can arrive from congenital absences, from trauma, from severe infection including Meningococcal Septicaemia and also on the treatment of tumours.

    The clinic provides for the surgical needs of these children but also for the prosthetic/orthotic and rehabilitation needs. The clinic is supported by prosthetic expertise from within the hospital and from external sources.

    The staff of this clinic can provide not only for the care of children who attend the clinic but also provide for antenatal information for mothers whose babies may be diagnosed as having limb deficiency by ultrasound examination. The clinic endeavours to provide support services for parents of children who are either born with or acquire a limb deficiency.