What is Limb Sparing Surgery?

Limb Sparing SurgeryLimb sparing surgery (also known as limb salvage surgery or limb preservation surgery) is performed to remove cancer, avoiding amputation.  Typically a length of shaft bone with one or rarely two bone joints are removed.  This procedure is most commonly performed for cancers (tumours) affecting bone and surrounding tissues. This has recently become more accepted as a treatment for the revision of failed standard joint replacements.

There are a number of forms of limb sparing surgery, including:

  • Endoprosthetic replacement.  A metal implant replaces the bone removed
  • Allograft.  A section of bone (obtained from a bone bank) replaces the bone removed
  • Autograft. A section of bone from the patient is transferred and replaces the bone removed

Surgical techniques

BONE TUMORS. Surgeons remove the malignant lesion and a cuff of normal tissue to cure low-grade tumors of bone or its components. To cure high-grade tumors, they also remove bone, muscle, and other tissues affected by the tumor.

SOFT TISSUE SARCOMAS. Surgeons use limb-sparing surgery to treat around 80% of soft tissue sarcomas which are affecting the extremities. The surgery removes the tumor, lymph nodes, or tissues which the cancer has spread to and affected, and at least 1 inch of healthy tissue on all sides of the tumor.

Radiation and/or chemotherapy may be recommended before or after the operation. Radiation may be administered during the operation. The special radiation applicator can be placed against the bone surface from which the tumor has been removed. Tubes are then inserted, which contain radioactive pellets. These will be removed several days after your operation.

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What is Limb Sparing Surgery?

Limb Sparing SurgeryLimb sparing surgery (also known as limb salvage surgery or limb preservation surgery) is performed to remove cancer, avoiding amputation.  Typically a length of shaft bone with one or rarely two bone joints are removed.  This procedure is most commonly performed for cancers (tumours) affecting bone and surrounding tissues. This has recently become more accepted as a treatment for the revision of failed standard joint replacements.

There are a number of forms of limb sparing surgery, including:

  • Endoprosthetic replacement.  A metal implant replaces the bone removed
  • Allograft.  A section of bone (obtained from a bone bank) replaces the bone removed
  • Autograft. A section of bone from the patient is transferred and replaces the bone removed

Surgical techniques

BONE TUMORS. Surgeons remove the malignant lesion and a cuff of normal tissue to cure low-grade tumors of bone or its components. To cure high-grade tumors, they also remove bone, muscle, and other tissues affected by the tumor.

SOFT TISSUE SARCOMAS. Surgeons use limb-sparing surgery to treat around 80% of soft tissue sarcomas which are affecting the extremities. The surgery removes the tumor, lymph nodes, or tissues which the cancer has spread to and affected, and at least 1 inch of healthy tissue on all sides of the tumor.

Radiation and/or chemotherapy may be recommended before or after the operation. Radiation may be administered during the operation. The special radiation applicator can be placed against the bone surface from which the tumor has been removed. Tubes are then inserted, which contain radioactive pellets. These will be removed several days after your operation.

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