Limb Salvage Surgery is a surgical process of removing the damaged or diseased bone in the limb (arm or leg) affected by the malignant tumour, without actually removing the limb. A bone graft is then used to replace the removed bone. This graft can be of three types:
- Autograft: A bone graft taken from the patient's own body
- Allograft: A bone graft taken from another person
- Allo-prosthetic composite: A combination of bone graft and metal implant
The goal of the surgery is to help save the use and appearance of the limb with minimal complications while maintaining acceptable functionality of the limb. It is also known as Limb-Sparing Surgery.