Limb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your familyLLimb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your familyLimb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your familyEnglishOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalSchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LegsBonesProceduresCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2015-08-31T04:00:00Z​Simon P. Kelley, MBChB, FRCS (Tr and Orth)​;Catharine Bradley, MSc, BScPT;Alexandra Maxwell, BSc10.000000000000054.0000000000000491.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover how best to manage the emotional, social and financial impact of limb lengthening and reconstruction. </p><figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PMD_limb_reconstruction_family_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <p>Whether your child has <a href="/article?contentid=2538&language=English">limb lengthening and reconstruction surgery</a> is a major decision that you should discuss with your whole family. Each person in your family will be affected differently by the surgery. If you have concerns about your, your child’s or your family’s emotional or social wellbeing before, after or during treatment, feel free to talk to <a href="/article?contentid=2546&language=English">your child’s healthcare team</a> or ask to speak to a social worker.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Limb lengthening and reconstruction is a treatment that will affect your whole family in different ways.</li> <li>Your child will likely experience changes in their emotions and behaviour as they go through treatment. It is a good idea to plan how you will support your child during this time and involve your child’s siblings in their care.</li> <li>Before your child’s surgery, set up a reliable network to help you with practical tasks and offer personal support.</li> <li>Check with your health insurance provider or talk to the hospital social worker about options for covering the cost of certain equipment, medications or services.</li> </ul>
Allongement et reconstruction d’un membre : gérer les répercussions familialesAAllongement et reconstruction d’un membre : gérer les répercussions familialesLimb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your familyFrenchOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalSchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LegsBonesProceduresCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2015-08-31T04:00:00Z​Simon P. Kelley, MBChB, FRCS (Tr and Orth)​;Catharine Bradley, MSc, BScPT;Alexandra Maxwell, BSc10.000000000000054.0000000000000491.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p> Découvrir comment gérer le mieux possible les conséquences émotionnelles, sociales et financières de l’allongement ou de la reconstruction d’un membre. </p><p>Déterminer si votre enfant subira une intervention chirurgicale d’allongement ou de reconstruction d’un membre est une décision importante qui devrait être prise de concert avec votre famille. Chaque membre de votre famille sera touché différemment par l’intervention chirurgicale. Si vous avez des inquiétudes à propos du bien-être émotionnel ou social de votre enfant ou de votre famille, avant, pendant et après le traitement, n’hésitez pas à en discuter avec l’équipe de soins de santé de votre enfant ou demandez à consulter un travailleur social.</p> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PMD_limb_reconstruction_family_EN.jpg" /> </figure><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>L’allongement ou la reconstruction d’un membre est un traitement qui touchera tous les membres de votre famille de façon différente.</li> <li>Votre enfant subira probablement des bouleversements émotionnels et comportementaux tout au long du traitement. Il serait judicieux de planifier des moyens qui vous seront utiles pour épauler votre enfant et d’inclure ses frères et sœurs dans les soins.</li> <li>Avant l’intervention chirurgicale, établissez un réseau fiable de personnes ressources afin de vous aider dans certaines tâches concrètes et de vous épauler dans le processus.</li> <li>Vérifiez auprès de votre assureur quelles dépenses (équipement, médicaments ou services) pourraient être couvertes par votre plan d’assurance, ou prenez contact avec l’équipe de travailleurs sociaux de votre hôpital afin de connaître les ressources disponibles pour vous aider à assumer les coûts associés au traitement.</li> </ul>

 

 

Limb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your family2548.00000000000Limb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your familyLimb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your familyLEnglishOrthopaedics/MusculoskeletalSchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LegsBonesProceduresCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2015-08-31T04:00:00Z​Simon P. Kelley, MBChB, FRCS (Tr and Orth)​;Catharine Bradley, MSc, BScPT;Alexandra Maxwell, BSc10.000000000000054.0000000000000491.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover how best to manage the emotional, social and financial impact of limb lengthening and reconstruction. </p><figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/PMD_limb_reconstruction_family_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <p>Whether your child has <a href="/article?contentid=2538&language=English">limb lengthening and reconstruction surgery</a> is a major decision that you should discuss with your whole family. Each person in your family will be affected differently by the surgery. If you have concerns about your, your child’s or your family’s emotional or social wellbeing before, after or during treatment, feel free to talk to <a href="/article?contentid=2546&language=English">your child’s healthcare team</a> or ask to speak to a social worker.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Limb lengthening and reconstruction is a treatment that will affect your whole family in different ways.</li> <li>Your child will likely experience changes in their emotions and behaviour as they go through treatment. It is a good idea to plan how you will support your child during this time and involve your child’s siblings in their care.</li> <li>Before your child’s surgery, set up a reliable network to help you with practical tasks and offer personal support.</li> <li>Check with your health insurance provider or talk to the hospital social worker about options for covering the cost of certain equipment, medications or services.</li> </ul><h2>Impact on your child</h2> <p>Limb lengthening and reconstruction will likely have a large impact on your child’s behaviour and emotions. For example, your child might become more demanding or avoid following house rules or they may become irritable or sad.</p> <p>Talk to your child during the <a>different phases of their treatment</a> and let them know that it is completely normal for their behaviour and emotions to go through changes. Your planning before your child’s surgery should include ways to support your child before, during and after their treatment.</p> <h2>Impact on siblings</h2> <p>Siblings can have different reactions to their brother or sister having limb lengthening and reconstruction treatment. They may be strong and supportive right away or they could have trouble coping with the news and need some time to adjust.</p> <p>Your planning before surgery should include ways to support not only the child undergoing treatment but also their siblings. Including them in the care of their sibling can help stop them from worrying, feeling alone or feeling left out during this time.</p> <h2>Impact on parents or caregivers</h2> <p>Your child’s greater need for support and reduced independence after surgery can affect your daily schedule. For example, you may need to adjust your working hours or postpone some activities such as vacations. </p> <p>Before your child has their surgery, set up a reliable support network to help you with any practical, social or emotional needs.</p> <h2>Impact on finances </h2> <p>Limb reconstruction treatment will affect your family budget. You may need to cover the cost of certain equipment, medications, products or services, including:</p> <ul> <li>wheelchair or walker rental</li> <li>commode or shower chair rental</li> <li><a>crutches</a></li> <li>orthotics</li> <li>oral antibiotics and pain medications</li> <li><a>pin and wire site</a> dressing products</li> <li>physiotherapy.</li> </ul> <p>If you have extended health benefits, your plan may cover these expenses. Please check with your provider. If you do not have extended health benefits, contact your hospital’s social work team for information about government programs or funding.</p>Limb lengthening and reconstruction: Managing the impact on your family

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