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Chir Organi Mov. 2003 Apr-Jun;88(2):171-8.

Use of the Ilizarov technique to improve limb function following hemipelvectomy. A case report.

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Divisione di Ortopedia, Ospedale A. Manzoni, Lecco Diana Princes of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, U.K.


Various surgical methods have been used for reconstruction after limb salvage surgery for pelvic tumours. We present a case of use of the Ilizarov technique as a second stage adjunct, for the improvement of function, after first stage tumour resection and arthrodesis. This technique is suitable for selected patients with tumour-free survival following the initial resection. Though not described before, our experience indicates it is an alternative to a mammoth one stage internal hemipelvectomy with reconstruction, that is often attempted even though there is a high risk of local recurrence and distant metastasis.

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