Advanced limb reconstruction program in Richmond

The highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at Chippenham Hospital have a deep understanding of the intricate anatomy and biomechanics involved in the complex process of reconstructing the upper and lower extremities.

Our specially trained orthopedic surgeons use the most advanced surgical techniques and medical devices to treat the most challenging limb reconstruction and trauma cases.

To learn more about our surgical limb reconstruction services, contact Consult-A-Nurse® by calling (804) 320-3627.

The orthopedic care center at Chippenham also provides our patients with access to physical therapy and rehabilitation to expedite the recovery process. The duration of rehabilitation will depend on the type of procedure you receive, but usually takes anywhere from six weeks to six months.

Limb conditions we treat

Our limb reconstruction team treats a variety of limb conditions, such as:

  • Bone infections
  • Bones misshapen or shortened after injury
  • Bowlegs
  • Deformities
  • Limb lengthening
  • Limb transplant
  • Non-healing fractures
  • Non-union fractures

Limb reconstruction surgery FAQs

For more information about limb reconstruction surgery, here are some frequently asked questions.

Who is a candidate for limb reconstruction surgery?

Patients qualified for limb reconstruction surgery have a traumatic injury to an extremity, unsuccessful healing of a fracture or have undergone surgery to remove a tumor.

If multiple tumors are found in the bones, the decision to have surgery is based on the type of cancer, where it has spread and the patient's functional status. In situations like these, the surgeon may offer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, a combination of the two or another drug regimen. The decision is ultimately between the patient and surgeon.

What materials are used to reconstruct the limb?

Surgeons may use the patient's own tissue harvested from another site in the body or tissue from a donor. Depending on the individual needs of the patient, our surgeons may also use a variety of materials, such as:

  • Metal screws and plates
  • Modular bone and joint replacements
  • Bone cement and bone transplant tissue
  • Thin metal rods

How is limb reconstruction surgery performed?

For cancer patients, the tissue and portion of tissue surrounding it are removed. The bone and/or joint is then reconstructed using the patient's own bone or bone from a donor. Screws, plates and rods are used to stabilize the bone.

How long does the limb reconstruction procedure take?

The duration of limb reconstruction surgery depends on each patient's condition and the type of operation being performed. Surgery typically lasts anywhere from two to eight hours.