Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tetrahand Surgery in South Africa

Prof. Hans Myburgh, Dr. Erich Mennen and prof. Jan Fridén meet at Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil to discuss the concept of surgical reconstruction in tetraplegia. The meeting includes patient consultations, surgeries and site visits at the ergo- and physiotherapy units. Tetrahand surgery service in South Africa is under development and many aspects of the treatment protocols need to be adapted to the local circumstances. It is agreed that skilled therapists are crucial for providing a comprehensive service. Joint ventures with surgeons and therapists communicating about goals and means are important for establishing reliable and sustainable tetrahand service.