Limb preservation program in Richmond, Virginia
Chippenham Hospital provides limb preservation services to the central Virginia community from a team of medical professionals who are experts in treating complex extremity problems and diseases. The limb preservation specialists at our Wound Healing Center use advanced technologies and minimally invasive therapies to treat patients who may be at risk of losing a limb.
For more information about our limb preservation services, you can reach one of our nurses 24/7 by calling (877) 689-3627.
Multidisciplinary limb preservation team
To provide the most comprehensive and effective limb preservation treatment possible, our team includes medical professionals from several disciplines. By assembling a multidisciplinary team, our limb preservation program provides comprehensive care for patients with even the most complex conditions and diseases.
Depending on your condition, your limb preservation team may include:
- Infectious disease specialists
- Interventional radiologists
- Orthopedic specialists
- Plastic and reconstructive surgeons
- Physical therapists
- Sleep medicine specialists
- Vascular medicine specialists
- Wound healing specialists
Our goal is to help you lead a full, active life both during and after your treatment.
Limb conditions we treat
Our limb reconstruction team treats a variety of limb conditions, such as:
- Bone infections
- Bones misshapen or shortened after injury
- Non-healing fractures
- Non-union fractures
Diabetic limb salvage program
We offer a diabetic limb salvage program designed to optimize lower extremity function and overall health for patients managing diabetes. Working alongside our diabetes experts, our program provides compassionate, high-quality healthcare to diabetic limb salvage patients through a seamless, state-of-the-art multispecialty network.
A team approach is critical to diabetic limb salvage. Whether a patient is currently experiencing problems with their legs and feet or is looking for ways to prevent future problems related to diabetes, our multidisciplinary team is here to guide patients through this journey.
Our diabetic limb salvage program includes:
- Appointments available within 24 to 48 hours of referral
- Comprehensive evaluation by one of our experts to develop a personalized care plan based on our protocols and patients’ individual needs
- Long-term follow-up care
- Nurse navigator who assists patients and families with communication and coordination of treatment among various healthcare providers
- Nutritional counseling and diabetes management tips for home use
- Preventive care, including off-loading, pressure relief and routine foot care
To speak to our diabetes nurse navigator, please call (804) 483-4043.
Limb reconstruction program
The highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at Chippenham Hospital are experts in the complex process of reconstructing the upper and lower extremities. Our specially trained team uses advanced surgical techniques and medical devices to treat even the most challenging limb reconstruction and trauma cases.
For cancer patients, the tissue and portion of tissue surrounding the cancer 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. The duration of limb reconstruction surgery depends on each patient's condition and the type of operation being performed.
Materials used for limb reconstruction
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:
- Bone cement and bone transplant tissue
- Metal screws and plates
- Modular bone and joint replacements
- Thin metal rods
Candidates 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 to expect after surgery
Our orthopedic care center also provides patients with access to physical therapy and rehabilitation to expedite the recovery process. The duration of your rehabilitation regimen will depend on the type of procedure you receive.