Osteosarcoma & Limb Reconstruction
Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that most commonly affects children and young adults. It typically begins in the long bones of the arms and legs, but can also occur in other bones of the body. Treatment for osteosarcoma usually involves a combination of chemotherapy and surgery.
In cases where the tumor is located in a limb and has not spread to other parts of the body, limb-salvage surgery may be an option. Limb-salvage surgery involves removing the tumor from the bone while preserving the limb and surrounding tissue. Depending on the extent of the tumor and the amount of bone that needs to be removed, reconstructive surgery may also be necessary to restore the function of the affected limb.
Limb reconstruction surgery may involve a variety of techniques, including bone grafts, metal plates and screws, and other prosthetic devices. The goal of reconstruction surgery is to restore as much function as possible to the affected limb while minimizing the risk of complications such as infection or implant failure. In some cases, additional surgeries may be required to further refine the reconstruction or to address any ongoing issues with the affected limb.