Long-term patient-reported outcome measures following limb salvage with complex reconstruction or amputation in the treatment of upper extremity sarcoma
SourceJournal of Surgical Oncology, 123, 5, (2021), pp. 1328-1335
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Journal of Surgical Oncology
SubjectRadboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This study compares long-term patient-reported outcomes between patients that underwent limb-salvage surgery with complex reconstruction by free or pedicled flap (LS) or amputation. Additionally, the need for revision surgery is compared. METHODS: A total of 43 patients were studied at a median follow-up of 9.54 years. Sixteen patients completed questionnaires regarding functional outcome and mental wellbeing. Functional outcomes were measured by using the Toronto Extremity Salvage Score (TESS), QuickDASH, and PROMIS Upper Extremity instruments. Mental wellbeing was assessed using the PROMIS Anxiety and Depression instruments. Revision surgery was assessed for the entire follow-up. RESULTS: The median TESS scores were 96.0 versus 71.7 (p = 0.034) and the PROMIS Upper Extremity scores were 50.1 versus 40.3 (p = 0.039) for the LS and amputation cohorts, respectively. No significant difference was found regarding symptoms of anxiety (52.7 vs. 53.8; p = 0.587) or depression (52.0 vs. 50.5; p = 0.745). Of the patients in the LS cohort 51.6% required at least one reoperation compared to 8.33% in the amputation cohort. CONCLUSIONS: LS surgery maintains functional benefits over amputation after almost a decade of follow-up. Still, mental wellbeing seems to be comparable between these patients, whereas LS procedures are associated with a sixfold increased need for reoperations.
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