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Patient Case History: Nicholas

Limb Salvage with Bone Transport for Tibia Bone Defect

Pre-Op

Patient Surgeon: S. Robert Rozbruch
Nicholas sustained a severe open fracture with bone loss (8 cm) and soft-tissue loss after a motorcycle accident.

Nicholas, Pre-Op thumbnail of an X-ray, Limb Lengthening, Limb Salvage, Bone Transport, Tibia
Nicholas, Pre-Op thumbnail of an X-ray, Limb Lengthening, Limb Salvage, Bone Transport, Tibia

Post-Op

He had a free flap for soft-tissue coverage and then underwent bone transport. We grew 8 cm of new bone from his proximal tibia to fill in the defect. 

Nicholas, Post-Op thumbnail of an X-ray, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia
Nicholas, Post-Op thumbnail of an X-ray, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia
Nicholas, Post-Op Thumbnail Image, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia

Follow-up

X-rays show that the bone healed well. This technique was used to save Nick's leg and avoid an amputation.

Nicholas, Follow up thumbnail of an X-ray, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia, Bone healed, avoid amputation
Nicholas, Follow up thumbnail of an X-ray, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia, Bone healed, avoid amputation
Nicholas, Follow up thumbnail Image, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia, Bone healed, avoid amputation
Nicholas, Follow up thumbnail Image, Limb Lengthening, Bone Transport, Tibia, Bone healed, avoid amputation


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