Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr Jeff Lindsay, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is Consultant in Rehabilitation at the West Midlands Regional Rehabilitation Centre (WMRRC). He is Clinical Lead at Ledbrook, co-ordinating the rehabilitation of our orthotic and prosthetic patients including those who require wheelchairs and seating systems. Dr Lindsay is able to advise on the treatment of patients pre-operatively and liaise with surgeons regarding amputation technique and the post-operative care provided by the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team at Ledbrook.
He qualified from Bristol in 1972 and followed a surgical career, chiefly in orthopaedics, trauma, and hand surgery. He pursued an interest in rehabilitation and took up post some 25 years ago within the Department of Health as Medical Officer to the then Artificial Limb and Appliance Service. Following a period at both Nottingham & Leicester Disablement Services Centres, he has worked for the past 20 years at WMRRC, Selly Oak, Birmingham as Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine. He has used his considerable surgical experience to bridge the gap between surgeon and prosthetist, by going into the operating theatres to assist with surgery and advising surgical colleagues about options for limb salvage, to ensure the best possible outcome from rehabilitation after amputation.
Dr Lindsay specialises in the rehabilitation of children with multiple limb loss due to the increasing incidence of meningococcal septicaemia. He is well respected for his charitable work with the Meningitis Trust (http://www.ledbrookclinic.co.uk/index.php/latest-news) and has presented at a number of their conferences.
In conjunction with London’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital & Birmingham’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Dr Lindsay is currently involved with clinical trials of implant surgery to allow the fixation of an attachment device to enable the suspension of an artificial limb without the need for a socket interface. In appropriate upper and lower limb amputees, this procedure (using the Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis – ITAP) has eliminated the discomfort and stump damage that can be associated with traditional prosthetic sockets, provided total suspension, and greatly increased sensory feedback to help produce the ultimate artificial limb
Dr Lindsay has also been involved in development of the Regional Orthotic Service at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre and specialises in the rehabilitation of patients with complex Orthotic needs. This service is principally provided for adults who have a long-term neurological condition (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis) or complex diabetic foot problems related to neuropathy and ulceration. In treating these patients Dr Lindsay routinely carries out assessments and produces treatment plans from plantar pressure data and 3D motion analysis (where appropriate) obtained from the Clinical Measurements Laboratory and its team of qualified Medical Scientists.