During the last decades, the focus has shifted more and more from ‘surviving’ to ‘living’ due to an improvement in medical and surgical techniques. Because of this, aftercare has recently gained more and more in importance and it occupies today a prominent position in the follow-up treatment of patients with burn injuries.
Aftercare can be defined as ‘each form of care that the patient receives or needs once he or she has left the hospital’. Not surprisingly, aftercare includes a great many fields : from monitoring to follow-up treatment of the scar, both medical and functional, via psychological and psychosocial counselling to legal assistance and so much more.
After all, a good aftercare or follow-up treatment ensures that the final result in its entirety will guarantee a high quality of life.
A multidisciplinary team of health professionals specialized in scar treatment MTGL (Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Group for Scar Treatment’) managed by Dr Cindy Lafaire and further including Dr Lieve De Cuyper, nurses , physiotherapists, orthopaedic technicians, a psychologist and a family and relationship therapist, are at the disposal of every patient.
The follow-up treatment is supported by three pillars:
1. Multidisciplinary approach
Starting from this view, the patient is treated by a team of specialists who keep in close touch with one another.
2. Total well-being
The therapists are not only working on the scars as such but treat the person in his or her entirety.
3. Personal touch
The therapists within the group will always approach the patient as an individual personality. They will always do everything possible to make the patient feel at home in a comfortable and pleasant aftercare environment.