The orthopaedic workshop came into existence in 1961. Mr. Branscheit was instrumental in setting up this workshop with equipment and machinery from Germany. Initially intended only for leprosy patients, it now reaches out to other categories of the disabled.
The workshop was upgraded in 2004 with the help of ASHA (USAID). Now the department has the first ever CAD CAM for prostheses in India, and FSCAN thermoplastics work, footwear and laser alignment techniques.
Functions of the Department
To provide services to the leprosy affected and other disabled persons by fitting artificial limbs and orthopaedic appliances.
To provide footwears and special shoes to prevent ulcer and deformity in the foot.
Cosmetic restoration of the fingers and hands.
Training and Courses
The training programme for orthopaedic technicians (18 months), which started in the early seventies, was upgraded to a two and a half year Diploma in Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineering by the Rehabilitation Council of India and is recognized by the State and Central Governments.
The Department also provides short term courses:
6 months’ shoe makers’ course, and
2 months’ course in footwear making for Diabetics.