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Reconstruction of the lower extremity after ablative resection for cancer.

Authors
  • Walton, R L
  • Beahm, E K
  • Maguire, K E
  • Evans, G R
  • Gottlieb, L J
  • Simon, M A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
6
Issue
1
Pages
133–176
Identifiers
PMID: 9031438
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Limb-sparing surgery for cancer of the lower extremity has ushered the development of composite, one-stage reconstructions that employ a combination of autologous tissues, bone allografts, and endoprosthetic devices. The success of these efforts in preserving limb function has been generally good, yet the ultimate level of function is less than normal. Microsurgery has assumed a progressively greater role in the reconstruction of composite defects and allows much latitude in the surgical planning and in the management of delayed complications. Although patients who opt for limb salvage reconstructions frequently require more operative procedures and have longer hospitalizations than patients undergoing primary amputation, their functional outcome surpasses that of the amputation group and thus justifies the surgical effort.

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