King Edward VII’s Hospital launches ‘orthoplastic’ service

King Edward VII's Hospital © Gary Morrisroe Photography

London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital has launched a new ‘orthoplastic’ service for who have suffered complex orthopaedic trauma.

Provided by the London Limb Reconstruction team, the new service brings together the expertise of both orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, who work collaboratively to secure the best possible outcomes for the patient.

This specialist team is supported by physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff, along with microbiologists, mental health professionals, dieticians and pain management services. The holistic approach focuses on all aspects of the patient’s recovery, as well as accessing the most up to date equipment and technology.

The team is experienced in managing open fractures of the lower and upper limbs, nerve and tendon damage, limb length adjustment, amputations and skin grafting, and recently successfully treated professional racing driver Juan Manuel Correa after a crash left him with serious leg injuries and at risk of amputation. Following a six-week stay, eight operations and extensive rehab, Correa recently returned to the Formula Three track for the 2021 season.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon at King Edward VII’s Hospital Ian Sinha said: ‘Serious limb injuries are life changing – impacting both the physical and mental health of our patients. By providing this service at King Edward VII’s Hospital we are ensuring that patients can access the very best in specialist expertise, top of the range technology and a multidisciplinary approach in getting them back to their best.’