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Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 529349, 6 pages
Review Article

Biological Extremity Reconstruction after Sarcoma Resection: Past, Present, and Future

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 5, 8036 Graz, Austria

Received 18 February 2013; Revised 18 May 2013; Accepted 26 May 2013

Academic Editor: Per-Ulf Tunn

Copyright © 2013 Lukas A. Holzer and Andreas Leithner. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In sarcoma surgery besides a wide local resection, limb salvage became more and more important. Reconstruction of bone and soft tissue defects after sarcoma resection poses a major challenge for surgeons. Nowadays a broad range of reconstructive methods exist to deal with bony defects. Among these are prostheses, bone autografts, or bone allografts. Furthermore a variety of plastic reconstructive techniques exist that allow soft tissue reconstruction or coverage after sarcoma resection. Here we discuss the historical highlights, the present role, and possible future options for biological reconstruction.