What Is Limb Reconstruction Surgery?

January 4th, 2019 by LOC Team

Limb reconstruction surgery is used to replace missing pieces of bone and lengthen or straighten deformed segments of limbs. There are many different techniques used to performed limb reconstruction surgery on adults and children. Limb reconstruction surgery is a subcategory of orthopaedic surgery. This category of surgery specialises in correcting any limb deformity whether it is a deformity present from birth or a deformity caused by something like a car accident.

In most cases, limb reconstruction surgery is used when there is a bone infection present. This bone infection needs to be located, the infected bone can then be removed and the limb can then be reconstructed. Of course, as you may imagine, this takes a lot of skill and the surgeons who performed limb reconstruction surgery are specialist in this field.

So, although many patients who need to have limb reconstruction surgery have a bone infection present, other problems that may lead to limb reconstruction surgery include:

  • Non-healing fractures
  • Shortening of limbs
  • Post-traumatic deformities
  • Congenital paediatric deformities
  • Bone tumours
  • Osteomyelitis

We won’t be discussing the surgery itself in this article. There are many surgical techniques doctors can use to perform limb reconstruction surgery, and there just isn’t enough time here to discuss them all. However, if you are having limb reconstruction surgery soon, please ask the surgeon in charge of your case about the techniques they will use. The techniques they use may change during the operation, but they should be able to give you a rough outline of the procedure and answer any questions you have about it prior to your operation. If you have any queries about your limb reconstruction surgery after your meeting with your surgeon, you should get in touch with them. Limb reconstruction surgery is often tailored to suit the patient, and so your surgeon may be the only one that can answer your questions.

Rehab after limb reconstruction surgery

As you may expect, there is a lot of work to be done after limb reconstruction surgery to get back to normal. This is a serious operation and requires a lot of physiotherapies afterwards. This may include learning to walk again and then building up the muscles surrounding the bone to support it better. Growing the support network of ligaments, tendons and muscles after limb reconstruction surgery is important to ensure that recovery is as quick as possible. Of course, it is important that you follow your physiotherapist's advice when it comes to rehabilitation and don’t try to strain yourself too hard, especially in the first few months after surgery. Exerting yourself too much can result in more damage and a longer recovery time. Reconstruction surgery can push your body to the extreme, and it can take a long time to recover from it. Your surgeons will give you a rough recovery time prior to your operation, but it all depends on how well you recover.

We hope this brief look at limb reconstruction surgery has been helpful. If you’d like to find out more about the conditions that can lead to limb reconstruction surgery, please explore our website further.