Limb Reconstruction Specialist

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN & Gary, IN

It takes exceptionally skilled innovators in orthopedics to manage complex limb reconstruction. The specialists at the Merrillville, Indiana Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center handle this unique form of reconstructive surgery. Whether correcting a congenital condition or repairing a traumatic injury, limb reconstruction is an advanced form of orthopedics offered at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center.

Limb Reconstruction Q & A

What kind of patient is a candidate for limb reconstructive surgery?

The uses for this unique operation are broad. Anyone with a damaged section of a limb is a possible candidate. Some common uses for it include:

  • Reconstruction after tumor removal
  • Repairing a fracture that failed to heal (fracture non-union)
  • Traumatic injury to a limb
  • Congenital bone dysplasia or deformity

This field of orthopedic surgery is expanding, as well, so patients that don't fall into these specific categories may still qualify at some point.

What kind of injury does not qualify right now?

A person with multiple tumors in the bones may not be a good candidate, although it's up to the surgeon at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center to make that call.

How does limb reconstruction work?

It will depend on the nature of the illness and the extent of the damage. For example, a person with a bone tumor would likely have the tumor removal and reconstruction done at one time. Once the tumor is out, the specialist from the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center will use new bone taken either from the patient or a donor to fill in the gap.

Metal plates, rods, and screws are put in place to stabilize the pieces of bone together. The team will work to rebuild the vascular system to allow for proper blood flow, and then microvascular surgery and muscle transfer completes the process.

Are there risks with limb reconstruction?

There are risks with any surgical procedure, but the staff at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center takes many precautions to ensure the patient's safety. Some common surgical concerns include:

  • Blood clots
  • Blood loss
  • Infection

There are also potential complications for the reconstruction. The metal plates, rods, and screws put in place to secure the bone may loosen over time. That would require a second surgery to refashion them.

How long is the rehabilitation for limb reconstruction surgery?

That depends on several factors such as the type of reconstruction and complications from the surgery, as well as the general health and fitness of the patient. On average, rehab will last anywhere from six weeks to six months or longer.