The Orthopaedics Department was started in 2003 to partner the Community-Based Rehabilitation(CBR) efforts of RDT. In its early days, a team of volunteer Spanish Orthopaedic Surgeons and RDT’s Orthopaedic Technicians conducted eld camps to identify congenital deformities, polio cases, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities. They performed surgeries and carried out rehabilitative therapy to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Patients in need of Orthopaedic Aid and Appliances were supplied with in the workshops located at four centres within RDT’s project area. Spanish volunteers still continue to provide their services in the hospital.
In July 2012, this unit was converted into a full-edged Orthopaedics & Traumatology Department. HIV-positive patients who sustain fractures and are not operated by other centres are also admitted in the trauma unit. Patients with spinal or head trauma are referred to other Ananthapuram hospitals or hospitals further away on a case-tocase basis.
Surgeries are planned and executed on the basis of the severity of the fracture. All closed fractures, open fractures, paediatric fractures, trauma surgeries, reconstructive surgery cases are managed in the inpatient and out-patient clinics. Adjunct rehabilitation and counselling services help in enabling patients and their families go on to lead welladjusted lives.