Soft Tissue Reconstruction in Limb-Sparing Tumor Surgery

  • Koichiro Ihara
  • Kazuteru Doi
  • Kazuhiro Sakai
  • Kenji Kido
  • Tetsuro Kishimoto
  • Shinya Kawai
Conference paper


Limb-sparing surgery for bone and soft tissue sarcomas has become more widespread along with the development of adjuvant therapy and several kinds of imaging techniques for analyzing local tumor extension [1]. This procedure can be indicated for surgical treatment of the tumor, unless a major neurovascular structure is involved by the tumor, although vascular reconstruction may be possible in order to achieve an adequate margin [2]. However, the incision is sometimes too extensive to be closed directly after a particularly wide excision of the tumor and, furthermore, resection of muscles following tumor excision might result in a certain loss of function of the extremity. As a result, soft tissue reconstruction is regarded as the keystone of extending the indication for limb-salvage surgery and achieving favorable use of the extremities. While others have reported the use of pedicle flaps for wound coverage with satisfactory results [3, 4], the authors have been applying micro-surgical tissue transfer for soft tissue reconstruction in limb-sparing tumor surgery. The selection of flaps depends on the size and content of the soft tissue defects. From our experience, the results are encouraging, and a much lower complication rate and better limb function can be expected.


Soft Tissue Sarcoma Skin Flap Limb Salvage Malignant Bone Tumor Common Peroneal Nerve 
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© Springer Japan 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Koichiro Ihara
  • Kazuteru Doi
  • Kazuhiro Sakai
  • Kenji Kido
  • Tetsuro Kishimoto
  • Shinya Kawai
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  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryYamaguchi University School of MedicineUbe, Yamaguchi, 755Japan

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