WHAT IS BONE RECONSTRUCTION?
Bone reconstruction techniques are used in the upper and lower limbs in order to replace missing bone, as well as to lengthen or straighten deformed sections of the arms and legs. The procedure may be recommended in cases of bone infection; limb deformity; non-healing fractures; limb length discrepancy; and bone tumours.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
In cases of cancer, the bone reconstruction procedure is performed at the same time as the tumour removal surgery. Dr September will remove the tumour and some of the surrounding tissue before reconstructing the bone with the use of the patient's own bone. He will use microsurgery techniques in order to rebuild the circulatory system and restore muscle function.
Bone reconstruction surgery in the upper or lower limbs may also be performed in cases where a fracture has failed to heal, or when there has been a traumatic injury to an arm or leg.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
You can expect a rehabilitation period of anywhere between six weeks and six months following bone reconstruction in a lower or upper limb. Your recovery will depend on a number of factors, including the type of procedure performed, as well as your overall health. Dr September will advise you of the best ways to aid recovery and regain full function of the limbs.