Jun 03, 2009 - 8:58 pm
We are trying to weigh options for my 9 year old niece who was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma of the distal femur. She is being treated at M.D.Anderson and they are advocating rotational plasty as an option due to increased functionality. I am looking for information regarding the "growable"/extendible endoprosthesis that works using electromagnetism. I understand it is less surgically invasive and leads to less infections and hospital stays. Has anyone had this surgery? What degree of functionality can be expected? Also there was a show that I missed on the health Channel "Incredible Medicals" on May 31st regarding a extendible replacement with a ceramic knee that was suppose to give much mre flexibily allowing basketball playing and increased activity. Did anyone see it or have info on where it is being done? Rotational plasty seems so extreme and radical and it is hard to remain objective. How much greater will the quality of life be with rotational plasty vs a traditional above the knee prosthesis? Also how does it compare to having "your own leg" even if that leg is partially titanium? Any reply will be greatly appreciated.