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J Reconstr Microsurg. 2013 Feb;29(2):107-11. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1329920. Epub 2012 Dec 20.

Outcomes analysis of the role of plastic surgery in extremity sarcoma treatment.

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43215, USA.


Over the past 5 years we have developed a multidisciplinary service for the treatment of extremity sarcoma. This service includes orthopedic oncology, neurosurgery, medical and radiation oncology, and plastic surgery. Prior to 2007, the role of plastic surgery in this multidisciplinary team was limited. After 2007, plastic surgery at our institution played an increasingly integral role in multidisciplinary care. Based on the development of the plastic surgery service at our institution, we were able to evaluate the role of plastic surgery in the outcomes following extremity reconstruction after sarcoma resection. We hypothesize that plastic surgery involvement would reduce the amputation rate without altering recurrence rates. We found a decrease in lower-extremity amputation of approximately 20% without any significant change in recurrence rates. The incidence of infectious complications requiring IV antibiotics decreased by about 20%. The incidence of skin graft loss decreased by 75%. We do report a significant increase in partial flap necrosis. Overall, plastic surgery is an essential component of the multidisciplinary team in the care of extremity sarcoma.

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