Limb salvage surgery (also referred to as limb-sparing) is a procedure that is done to try to save a limb that has been damaged, usually by injury or disease, in order to avoid the need for amputation. The goal of limb salvage surgery is to restore function and improve the patient's quality of life while also avoiding the complications that can come with amputation.
There are many different types of limb salvage surgery, and the specific procedure used will depend on the nature and location of the damage to the limb. Some common types of limb salvage surgery include:
- Revascularization: reestablishing blood flow to the limb.
- Bone grafting: using bone from another part of the body or a donor to repair damaged bone.
- Reconstructive surgery: rebuilding the limb using artificial materials or other methods.
Limb salvage surgery is beneficial in most cases; however, it can have higher complication rates than amputations and may require additional surgeries in the future. Choosing between limb salvage surgery or amputation can be an extremely difficult decision for patients. Your surgical team will work closely with you to determine the best course of action based on your individual risk of consequences, the likelihood of preserving functionality, and possible psychological implications.