Patients who have undergone surgery to remove a tumor, have a failed healing of a fracture, or have suffered an injury to an extremity from trauma or war may be good candidates for limb reconstruction. Patients with serious cancers may also need limb reconstructive surgery at the same time as surgery to remove tumors.
Reconstruction may require using the patient’s own bone, a bone transplant from a donor and, if necessary, a specialized modular joint replacement.
The bone is stabilized using metal plates, rods and screws. Both external and internal stabilization methods may be used. Determining which procedure is right for you will include review of age, general overall health, support at home and other factors.
Depending on the reason behind the limb reconstruction, several specialists may be involved including an orthopaedic surgeon, a vascular surgeon and a plastic surgeon that specializes in microvascular surgery and muscle transfer. In some cases, more than one surgery is required.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 8, 2018