CORU has grown from Dr Keith Hosking's dedicated efforts in developing and providing a world class service for sarcoma and joint reconstruction patients. It has now evolved to incorporate the care of patients both in the state and private sectors under one banner.
The institute manages tertiary and quaternary referrals and treatment of patients from all over Africa. We operate out of 3 main hospitals in Cape Town, namely:
Groote Schuur Hospital (State)
Red Cross Children's Hospital (State)
Vincent Palotti Life Orthopaedic Hospital (Private)
Our goal is to expand the provision of care to patients in other parts of Southern Africa taking our expertise and innovative care to areas where it is lacking.
We are developing training courses for surgeons who wish to gain more experience in the techniques and implants required to perform complex operations in limb reconstruction.
It is our vision to continue to develop innovative surgical techniques and prostheses to improve upon the current management of cancer patients and patients who are looking for solutions to rare/extreme/difficult medical/surgical problems.
The Sarcoma unit at Groote Schuur Hospital is part of the the Orthopedic Division of Surgery linked to the University of Cape Town. It is a small but growing service that accepts referrals from the entire Western Cape Metropol as well as from many other parts of the country including George, Port Elizabeth and East London. It performs many pelvic and limb salvage surgeries every year for adult patients. In association with its sister hospitals, it produces regular publications in local and international journals.
Red Cross Children's Hospital is the second largest paediatric hospital in the Southern hemisphere. It is situated in close proximity to its sister hospitals and provides excellent oncological and surgical care for the paediatric population of the South Africa. It boasts world class theatre facilities as well as excellent support for families.
The Sarcoma service at the Vincent Pallotti Life Orthopedic Hospital works closely with both Red Cross and Groote Schuur Hospitals, providing surgical expertise and collaborating on research projects. The unit performs not only limb reconstruction for sarcoma patients but also joint reconstruction for patients with failed joint replacements and septic bone and prosthetic instrumentation. The unit works closely with a local engineering company which provides innovative solutions for the complex reconstructive problems that tumour patients present with. It has strong international ties with the units all over the world.