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Shoulder Girdle Surgery

The shoulder girdle, which consists of the scapula, proximal humerus, clavicle and surrounding musculature, is the second-most common site for sarcomas.

In the past, many sarcomas involving the shoulder girdle were treated with forequarter amputations. However, with improvements in chemotherapy and advances in surgical techniques, we are now able to perform limb-sparing surgeries for approximately 95% of all patients with shoulder girdle tumors. Essentially normal function of the hand, forearm and wrist, as well as a stable shoulder and elbow flexion can be retained.

We pioneered the first classification system for resections of shoulder tumors and the first "constrained" or "snap-fit" scapular prosthesis for endoprosthetic reconstruction.

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