The British Limb Reconstruction Society

The BLRS was founded in 1997 with the objective of bringing together surgeons and allied professionals involved in the management of congenital and acquired deformities of the upper and lower limbs, reconstruction of post traumatic limb defects and limb equalisation techniques.

The Society aims to advance education and research in the field of limb reconstruction and holds regular scientific meetings and training courses. The Society is affiliated with the British Orthopaedic Association and with the International ASAMI (Association for the Study and Application of the Method of Ilizarov).

BLRS Annual Meeting 2021

Registrations had opened for the BLRS Annual Meeting to be held in Manchester 2021. At this moment it appears likely that the meeting will be run as virtual rather than face to face. An announcement will be out as soon as there is a final decision. 


  • King’s College Hospital  Limb Reconstruction Fellowship  is now advertised. Start date 01 April 2021. See here for more information. Applications via
  • Leeds Limb Reconstruction Fellowship Now open for applications to start in February 2021, please see here for more information.
  • BLRS Committee Consensus document Advice on managing your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic is now available.
  • Combined ASAMI-BR & ILLRS Congress Photos from the August 2019 meeting in Liverpool are now online, see the Events page for more details.
  • BLRS Registry No longer in operation, please see this letter from the President, David Goodier.


The BLRS has agreed to be part of the Trauma and Orthopaedics Registry Unifying Structure (TORUS), which is co-ordinated by the BOA. Clinical conditions and procedures that we have identified include  IM nails for limb lengthening, and tibial pilon fractures. Updates will follow on the website.


Limb reconstruction

Limb reconstruction can be defined as that branch of orthopaedic surgery concerned with achieving maximum function from a limb deformed as a result of either a congenital or acquired condition or trauma. The techniques involved include limb equalisation, correction of angular and rotational deformities, correction of mal and non-unions, epiphyseodesis, arthrodiatasis and joint reconstruction. The surgeons involved with limb reconstruction will be familiar with the techniques of limb lengthening and bone transport, the use of internal and external fixators and intramedullary devices. The principles of bone and soft tissue regeneration under conditions of distraction are employed.

Children born with limb reduction deformities or deformities involving the hand or foot (e.g hemimelias, achondroplasia, club hand and foot deformities, congenital pseudarthrosis etc.) may have these deformities improved or corrected by limb reconstruction techniques.

Limbs deformed as a consequence of trauma, infection, metabolic abnormalities (e.g. rickets) or bone tumours may be dealt with using the same techniques. Bone transport, a method of filling a bone defect by moving an adjacent segment of bone within its soft tissue envelope, is of particular value for dealing with segmental defects such as occur following trauma and following bone resection in the treatment of osteomyelitis.

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