Last stop - Columbus!
We met Dr Iobst and his amazing team (including nurse practitioners, psychologist, radiology techs, cast tech, and physical therapists) bright and early Monday morning for a full day of limb deformity clinic. We saw a wide variety of patients and learned a lot about how to organize an efficient clinic with excellent “customer service” for patients needing complex limb reconstruction
The next few days we spent in the operating room observing some great cases...PRECICE nails in the femur and humerus, external fixative and guided growth for Blount disease, fixator for distraction hip arthrodesis, and a soft tissue procedure for knee contracture associated with femoral deficiency. Dr Iobst was kind enough to let Megan borrow his old lead (she was well protected). We also reviewed and templated a lot of cases and learned about the exciting research Dr Iobst is doing in the basic science lab.
Nationwide and the magic forest did NOT disappoint. We were so impressed with the hospital and the entire orthopedic team.
Who knew Columbus was such a foodie town? Dr Iobst lined up some fantastic dinners for us during the week
The Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at Nationwide is truly amazing. We saw a lot of special touches designed to deliver optimal care for these patients. Even the child life specialist created a lego ex-fix for spider man to educate the patients. The children of Ohio and the midwest are lucky to have Dr Iobst
Thanks to the LLRS for this wild ride. We learned a ton, met new friends and mentors and had a blast! Now off to Poland for Claire as she begins her new journey at the Paley Institute and home to DC for Megan where she is hoping to implement some changes and offer some new techniques to her patients