It is important that you complete regular physiotherapy throughout your limb reconstruction treatment. You will get a chance to meet the Specialist physiotherapist in clinic with the limb reconstruction team before your operation where you can discuss any concerns you may have with your mobility post-operatively, and what you can expect to be able/unable to do.

After your procedure you will be seen by a member of the orthopaedic physiotherapy team on the ward who will work on your mobility, prescribe a walking aid if required, and teach you exercises to get started with. You can download a copy of the physiohterapy information leaflet here. This leaflet has exercises and further advice about your ward stay. Your ward physiotherapist will also discuss where you would like to have your on-going physiotherapy as an outpatient and initiate this referral.

It is vital that you attend regular physiotherapy, we will try and arrange that this is near to your home. Initially you may need to be seen once or twice a week, once you are independent with your exercises your physiotherapist may choose to review you less frequently. Common problems that your physiotherapist will help you with are muscle tightness, stiff joints and muscle weakness. If you have an external fixation device you may require a long period of physiotherapy, to keep the exercise interesting we would encourage you to carry out your exercise at home, in a gym or in a hydrotherapy pool (if your local hospital has one). If you are unsure about getting your frame wet please discuss with our specialist physiotherapist in clinic.

We run an exercise class every Wednesday from 1-2:30 for patients in circular frames. This is in the physiotherapy gym in the BRI. You do not have to book into this session. It is a great opportunity to meet other patients in circular frames, work on your strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness, and keep your exercise programme interesting. We recommend you do this alongside your weekly physiotherapy.

Celia Wogan

Celia qualified as a Physiotherapist from Brunel University in 1995 and is near completion of a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Celia has been the Physiotherapy team Lead for Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Bristol Royal Infirmary since 2001. Her role involves over-seeing the management of all trauma inpatients and out patients in fracture clinic, alongside the management of the Bristol Limb Reconstruction Physiotherapy service. Celia has also been a Lower Limb Extended Scope Practitioner since 2003 and her Masters research involves assessing functional performance pre and post Medial Patello Femoral Ligament Reconstruction for Patella Instability with Jonathan Eldridge (Orthopaedic Surgeon) and whether these tests can be used to predict return to sporting activity.

Her other interests have led her to have 16 years’ experience within the world of Rugby, including Bath RFC, Clifton RFC and other local Bristol sides. She has been the Physiotherapist for the MCCU elite cricket squad and a Premier League hockey team in Cardiff and is currently a Physiotherapist for the Great Britain Ultimate Frisbee Team and the Welsh Softball team.