During rotationplasty, a cancerous portion of the leg above and below the knee is amputated. The lower limb is then rotated and reattached to what remains of the thigh. During this procedure, the ankle becomes the knee. This provides function to the patient once a prosthetic foot and ankle are used.
Conditions Treated with Rotationplasty:
Rotationplasty is utilized to treat osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma.
There are no non-surgical alternatives to rotationplasty. A surgical alternative to the procedure is leg amputation.
Anesthesia with Rotationplasty:
Rotationplasty is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Rotationplasty:
Possible risks following rotationplasty include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Prognosis after Rotationplasty:
The prognosis for a positive end result following rotationplasty is good. There is limited success in patients over 60 years of age, but the procedure is usually performed in children with bone cancer.
Recovery from Rotationplasty:
It can take several months to fully recover from rotationplasty and adjust to using a prosthetic.