Oct 27, 2008 - 2:22 pm
I need to make the decision relative to amputation or reconstruction of bottom section of the left fibula. I am 66 years old and need to talk to people who have gone through either procedure.
Amputation recovery is about 3 weeks, then I would need a prosthesis -- next to zero recurrence of cancer re amputation expected.
Reconstructive surgery would replace the lower 6 inches of the fibula with an outsourced bone. This would take up to 4 months to recover - for the bone to bond to the remaining fibula. There is a 10 to 20% chance of recurrence of cancer.
I have had 3 chemo sessions , and will have 3 more (21 days apart) after surgery. These are not easy sessions for me. The cancer is local to the fibula, and has not knowingly spread any where else. This is considered stage 1.
I need understand the life style issues for either approach, and would like to talk (over the phone if possible)with anyone who has done either procedure.