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Phys Ther. 2008 Aug;88(8):916-27. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20070184. Epub 2008 Jun 5.

Functional outcomes and quality of life after tumor-related hemipelvectomy.

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  • 1College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Hemipelvectomy is a life-changing treatment for pelvic malignancies. This study compared functional outcomes and quality of life of patients following internal or external hemipelvectomies.

SUBJECTS:

Ninety-seven patients who underwent tumor-related internal (n=39) or external (n=58) hemipelvectomy surgery between January 1, 1988, and December 31, 2004, participated in the study.

METHODS:

Using a descriptive retrospective cohort study design, functional status was evaluated with the Barthel Index at 3 time points. Quality-of-life parameters were evaluated at follow-up using the Linear Analog Self-Assessment tool (LASA).

RESULTS:

Data were collected on all 97 patients at rehabilitation consultation and hospital discharge. Follow-up data were obtained via survey on 44% of the original group at a median of 5.8 years (interquartile range [IRQ]=1.7-10.4) after surgery. Median total Barthel Index scores were similar between the internal and external hemipelvectomy groups at the initial physical medicine and rehabilitation assessment (10 [IQR=10-15] versus 10 [IQR=3.75-15]), at discharge (40 [IQR=30-65] versus 50 [IQR=35-66.25]), and at follow-up (92.5 [IQR=76.25-100] versus 92.5 [IQR=78.75-96.25]). Participants with external hemipelvectomies were less independent in bladder function and experienced greater pain severity at follow-up compared with those with internal hemipelvectomies. Overall quality-of-life parameters were similar between the groups.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

Despite significant differences in surgical procedures, immediate and long-term functional outcomes and quality-of-life parameters were similar among participants with internal and external hemipelvectomies.

PMID:
18535089
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