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Amputations, endoprosthetic joint replacement, massive bone replacement, other alternatives 

Amputations, endoprosthetic joint replacement, massive bone replacement, other alternatives
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Amputations, endoprosthetic joint replacement, massive bone replacement, other alternatives
Author(s):

William J.S. Aston

, Gordon Blunn

, and Timothy W.R. Briggs

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.002002
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date: 15 December 2018

The aims of the bone tumour surgeon are to improve survival and maintain optimal function of the patient; this can be achieved by amputation or limb salvage

Limb salvage provides no greater risk to the survival of the patient than with amputation

Reconstruction after removal of the tumour is commonly achieved by using endoprosthetic replacements, autografts, or massive allografts

Complications of limb salvage include infection and difficulties associated with soft tissue reattachment and coverage of the bone replacement.

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