Limb reconstruction is a term used to describe a very specialised field in orthopaedic and plastic surgery. This encompasses a process whereby a destroyed/deformed limb or limb segment is reconstructed using the body’s own tissues, implantable materials/prostheses or a combination of both. Limbs can end up requiring reconstruction as a result of trauma, infection, tumours or congenital (inborn) conditions.

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A non-union of a bone is any situation where a bone does not want to heal. A non-union can result from a previous fracture, an osteotomy (a bone cut made by a surgeon) or after an attempt at stiffening a joint (arthrodesis).

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Your peri-operative experience with limb reconstruction

The necessity for limb lengthening, for correction of congenital and acquired deformities of the upper and lower limbs or for reconstruction of a post-traumatic limb defect may bring you to this page.

May this information and perspective empower you to be an active participant in your recovery process and may it reduce the discomfort and anxiety associated with the unexpected.

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An external fixator is essentially a type of a scaffolding which is constructed outside a limb or limb segment. It is then attached to the bone(s) in the limb by way of pins or wires. These pass through the skin and soft tissues into the bone. 

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