– ACADEMIC, SCIENTIFIC, CREATIVE –
WHAT IS BONE RECONSTRUCTION?
- The re-establishment of bone continuity especially of the upper or lower limbs.
- This is achieved by transplanting vascularized bone harvested from another part of the body.
- The free bone flap is usually harvested from the leg (free fibula flap).
- The bone is inset and the vessels are anastamosed to recipient vessels to re-establish blood supply to the new bone.
WHEN IS THIS DONE?
- Usually after the resection of bone cancer or extensive trauma to the bone.
- Working in a team with Dr Richard Kyte (orthopaedic surgeon), bone cancers are resected and reconstructed with vascularized bone flaps; this is commonly performed in children.
DGMC is a specialist oncology hospital focusing on advanced reconstructive procedures.
Dr Dimitri Liakos is a member of the College of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa and a member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa (APRASSA).
He is a member of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons (WSRM) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).