Case Study: Rotationplasty in Adults


A case study, published November 24 online before print in Prosthetics and Orthotics International, described the functional outcome of a patient who underwent rotationplasty as an adult following osteosarcoma. The study authors found that rotationplasty, combined with a rehabilitation program, enabled the patient to reach a successful outcome in terms of functional performance and quality of life.

The patient was followed throughout the rehabilitation course and the results achieved were recorded at six, nine, and 12 months after surgery. The results progressively improved in terms of function, functional performance, and quality of life. The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Scale and the Toronto Extremity Salvage Score showed improvements of 20 and 23 percentage points, reaching levels of 80 percent and 87 percent, respectively. The quality of life perceived by the patient increased in the three assessments, and the mental health score at the one-year follow-up was higher than that expected for the population, according to the authors.

Given these results, the authors concluded that rotationplasty produces good results in the treatment of tumors in adults and should be taken into consideration.