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Lower Limb Fractures/Broken Bones
The treatment of lower limb fractures requires careful tailoring to the individual patients demands and the type of fracture sustained.
Non-operative treatment of lower limb fractures may involve:
- Plaster Casts
- Orthotic Shoes
- Activity Restriction
Dr Slattery always encourages non-operative treatment whenever possible, however, many fractures do much better with surgical intervention as surgery can speed up recovery and improve the short and long term outcome. As there many different types of lower limb fractures, there are a large range of surgical options that can be used, these can include:
- Plates + screws
- External Fixators
Sometimes a combination of these is used, and Dr Slattery will discuss the surgical plan with you pre-operatively. He uses the latest technology in minimally invasive percutaneous orthopaedic trauma implants, to give you the best outcome possible with the least amount of scarring and soft tissue injury . After surgery, Dr Slattery will discuss your operation as well as plan your rehabilitation in line with your goals and expectations. He uses a highly qualified team of physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists to get you back to your activities as quickly as possible.
Dr Slattery has extensive experience treating lower limb fractures, he has completed Fellowship Training at Southmead Hospital in Bristol (UK) with world recognised leaders in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, and has worked as an Orthopaedic Trauma Consultant at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has been an invited Guest of the AO on numerous occasions and routinely attends conferences and visits trauma centres worldwide to refine and stay on top of the most recent advances in trauma surgery. He is also actively involved in various trauma research projects and regularly teaches junior doctors.