Management of Failed Endoprosthetic Implants: The UCLA Experience
The historical approach to the treatment of malignant tumors of the musculoskeletal system has been amputation. The introduction of adjuvant protocols has resulted in the development of various limb-salvage techniques. A multidisciplinary approach to limb salvage was begun in 1975 at UCLA, and since 1980, endoprostheses have been used exclusively in the reconstruction of extremities with malignant tumors . We have reviewed the reconstruction or limb-threatening local complications of the first 151 limb-salvage endoprosthetic reconstructions performed at UCLA for primary malignant tumors between December 1980 and July 1988.
KeywordsLocal Recurrence Limb Salvage Femoral Replacement Endoprosthetic Reconstruction Total Femur Replacement
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