Duke orthopaedic surgeons offer therapeutic and reconstructive surgery for bone and soft tissue cancer (sarcoma) as part of Duke's Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Center.
Sarcomas are a group of malignant tumors that occur in the connective tissues of the body (cartilage, fat, bones, blood vessels, muscle, nerves, deep skin tissues). These tumors can occur in any part of the body, although half of them develop in the arms and legs.
Our mission is to remove the tumor while preserving as much of the limb's function as possible.
Our experienced surgeons excel at limb- and organ-sparing operations, which can now be performed in more than 90 percent of cases of bone or soft-tissue tumors.
At times, the only hope for a cure for sarcoma calls for the removal of a critical joint or span of bone or large amount of muscle.
When necessary, our surgeons can expertly replace the bone or muscle with a customized artificial joint for the hip, knee, shoulder, or elbow.
Large stretches of cancerous bone may be replaced with bone transplants (“allografts”), or autologous bone (the patient’s own transplanted fibula). Vascularized muscle transfers and other soft tissue reconstruction can be performed as well.
Each of these techniques has proven very successful for restoring function to bones, joints, and tissue that would otherwise be destroyed by treatment.
When limb removal is absolutely essential, we use sophisticated, customized prosthetics to ensure a natural look and feel as well as maximum flexibility and range of motion.
Our surgeons also have experience performing rotationplasty, a surgical alternative to above-the-knee amputations which offers greater functionality.
To make an appointment with a Duke sarcoma doctor, please contact Deborah Jackson at 919-613-5550 or call 877-SARC-DUKE (877-727-2385).
Physicians offering this service include: