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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Limb Reconstruction

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Bone tumour surgery

Bone tumours may have to be removed if cancerous or if they threaten your health or surrounding joints. Sometimes this may only be achieved by amputation of a particular limb.

On occasion (dependent on the size and location of the tumour) the external fixator device called the Ilizarov can be used to grow back portions of natural bone to fill the space/hole in the skeleton where the bone and tumour has been surgically removed.

We do not currently have an information booklet specifically for bone tumours but if you refer to our Ilizarov Fixation for Bone Reconstruction: Treatment of Osteomyelitis with Plastic Surgery Reconstruction (pdf, 583 KB), the actual theory of how we replace or grow new bone is exactly the same.