Natasha and I arrived to a wet and windy greeting as tropical storm Colin approached central Florida. The first stop on our fellowship is the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, a brand new purpose built facility. It is located in the centre of Lake Nona Medical City, a new high tech development just 10 minutes from Orlando airport.
Our host is Dr Christopher Iobst, who has prepared a fantastic program of academic and social activities for the week. Monday morning was spent in clinic with Dr Iobst, where we were exposed to a wide range of clinical problems seen in limb deformity, varying from miserable malalignment to brachydactyly. It was great to see how an experienced limb reconstruction surgeon runs his clinics and we gained many tips and tricks along the way.
Monday afternoon was spent running through a sawbones lab using the Smith and Nephew Modular Rail System for spanning the kneeing during femoral lengthening cases. We were able to spend time gaining hands on experience of the intricacies of the system. Following this we went through the pre-operative planning and software programming for the TSF for a case of cubitus varus schedule for later in the week.
In the evening we were very graciously hosted at Luma Restaurant in Winter Park, where Dr Chad Price presented the Orlando hip procedure for congenital femoral deficiency and Dr Steven Frick provided us with some very enlightening career advice.