From the 18th until the 22nd of February 2019, Dr. Fritjof Schmidt-Hoensdorf and his team visited us in Ndanda. They are specialized for surgery of neglected clubfoot. Children with clubfoot can be treated conservatively with casts (Ponseti method), as long as the treatment starts early (during the first days or weeks of life).
Those who come too late for this conservative method of treatment must be treated with a different method consisting of specialised surgery, which is not easily available in Tanzania.
In order to meet the need for specialised surgery for clubfoot, two orthopaedic surgeons, one anaesthetist, one nurse and one nurse anaesthetist began operations for these neglected patients. After a successful operation, the patient can walk normally.
The team managed to operate on 14 feet of kids whose age ranged between 3 and 19 years. The project was supported by Interplast and all operations were performed free of charge.