Washington: A new review suggests that limb-sparing surgery may not provide a bone cancer patient with a better quality of life than amputation.
Some studies have looked at the costs of amputation versus limb-sparing surgery. "Up front" surgical costs, the duration of rehabilitation, and the need for revisions are all greater for limb-sparing surgery. However, amputation carries longer term costs related to artificial limb manufacture, maintenance, and replacement.In their study report, the authors write that more studies are required to provide a thorough comparison of amputation and limb-sparing surgery in different types of patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. "Future studies that include function, health-related quality of life, economics, and stratification of patients by age will be useful contributions to decision-making… by patients, health care providers and administrators," said Dr Wunder. ANI
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