Total femoral replacement


Journal Article

The development of limb salvage techniques in the operative management of malignant bone tumors has emerged as a result of effective neoadjuvant preoperative chemotherapy. Wide excision of these tumors has replaced radical excision as definitive management. In cases where wide excision requires removal of the entire femur, total femoral replacement is indicated. The reconstructive surgeon may choose from a wide variety of endoprosthetic designs, ranging from complete femoral allografts to entire metallic endoprostheses. The specific femoral prosthesis and surgical approach are individualized to patient clinical characteristics and to tumor anatomy. Despite a high complication rate, total femoral replacement offers the patient limb salvage and a chance at functional ambulation. Copyright © 1999 by W.B., Saunders Company.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ghert, MA; Harrelson, JM; Scully, SP

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 127

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1048-6666

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S1048-6666(99)80031-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus