Forequarter amputation (for chondrosarcoma)
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Forequarter amputation removes the upper limb, scapula and lateral shoulder girdle en-bloc to achieve eradication of malignant tumours when limb-salvage is not possible. Patients should undergo detailed pre-operative staging and counselling prior to surgery, including pre-operative assessment at a limb-fitting centre to aid pots-operative rehabilitation.
Author: Mr Jonathan Stevenson FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Institution: The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital ,Birmingham ,UK.