Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Dr. Larry Herman


Rotationplasty is an uncommon orthopedic procedure that is a type of autograph that can treat malignant bone tumors. This procedure can be a treatment option for osteosarcoma or Ewing sarcoma that occurs in the proximity of the knee joint in children. Risk factors include lower extremity infections, delayed healing, trauma, and nerve and vessel damage. A diagnosis of bone cancer will most likely require surgery to remove the tumor. Surgical options may include amputation, limb-sparing surgery, or rotationplasty. There are specific criteria to determine which procedure will be best for an individual patient.


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