Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the limbs, caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumors, or disease. 

It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.

Reconstruction techniques are used in the treatment of limb lengthening and/or deformity correction. These may include internal fixation, such as plating or nailing, or external fixation.

We treat patients with

  • non-healing fractures
  • post-traumatic deformities
  • congenital deformities
  • shortening/lengthening of limb
  • bone tumours
  • soft-tissue tumors
  • scars
  • burns

What are the risks of limb reconstruction surgery?

All precautions to ensure patient safety are taken prior to every operation. However, as with any surgery, some risks remain. For example, there is the possibility of infection, excessive blood loss and the development of blood clots. The incidence of these risks occurring in patients is very small.

Over time, some joint replacements, metal plates, screws or rods can loosen and require revision. This risk occurs infrequently because of better patient selection, surgical techniques and improved implanted materials.

What is the rehabilitation time after limb reconstruction surgery?
The length of rehabilitation will depend on the type of surgery performed and the patient’s own functional status. Normally, rehabilitation after limb reconstructive surgery can take anywhere from six weeks to six months. Most patients will regain full function and a normal lifestyle.